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AGSI welcome appointment of new Garda Commissioner


“Commissioner O’Sullivan has a wealth of experience and we look forward to her decisive leadership in the reform of An Garda Síochána.”

AGSI General Secretary

Commissioner O'Sullivan

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has welcomed the appointment of Nóirin O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner.

Speaking this afternoon General Secretary, John Redmond said:

“We are delighted with today’s announcement. An Garda Síochána requires a decisive leader who will implement reforms and give due regard to the voice of her staff after what can only be described as a very trying time for members of the force.

“The AGSI would like to extend our congratulations and good wishes to Commissioner O’Sullivan whom we have already met and who has committed to listening attentively to Sergeants and Inspectors. She has a broad wealth of experience and a personable approach which is most welcome. Nevertheless the winds of change beckon but we as an Association look forward to playing our part in policing reform in conjunction with Garda management.”




Government appoints Nóirin O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner

· Minister Fitzgerald says Ms. O’Sullivan exceptionally well placed to deliver on programme of reform and modernisation” of An Garda Siochána
· Ms. O’Sullivan was the sole candidate recommended by Public Appointment Service following an independent and open selection process
· Process included global search and two rounds of interviews which involved both Irish and international candidates
25 November, 2014

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality, has today announced that the Government has decided to appoint Ms. Nóirin O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner. The decision was taken at today’s Cabinet meeting.

Ms. O’Sullivan was the sole candidate recommended for appointment following an open selection process undertaken by a special high-level Selection Committee established by the Public Appointment Service This process included a global search and two rounds of interviews which involved both Irish and International candidates. The final round of interviews was held in recent days and involved Ms. Josephine Feehily, Chair-designate of the proposed new Policing Authority

Nóirin O’Sullivan has served as Acting Commissioner since March 2014. Details of her career to date are attached for reference.

Minister Fitzgerald stated: “The decision to hold an open selection process for the position of Garda Commissioner has been a key element of the Government’s Justice Reform Programme. I wish to thank the all those who applied and I wish to thank the Public Appointment Service for the professional and comprehensive approach they adopted in seeking out and recommending the best candidate for the job.”

“An Garda Síochána has faced many challenges in recent times. The focus must now be to ensure public confidence in policing in Ireland and to support the men and women An Garda Síochána in their day-to-day work of keeping our communities and country safe. This means delivering on a programme of reform, modernisation and investment with respect to organisation, processes and systems. The aim must be to craft a police service fit to meet the realities of 21st century crime and security.

The Minister congratulated Ms. O’Sullivan on her appointment, stating: “I believe that Nóirin O’Sullivan, with her experience and proven leadership capacity, is exceptionally well placed to deliver on this programme of reform and modernisation.

“I wish the new Commissioner all the very best.”



 Note for Editors: 

Nóirín O’Sullivan is a native of Dublin and she joined the Garda Síochána in 1981

Rank Date Promoted
Garda 10th June, 1981
Sergeant 6th January, 1992
Inspector 15th January 1997
Superintendent 22nd May 2000
Chief Superintendent 25th September 2003
Assistant Commissioner 31st July 2007
Deputy Commissioner 21st March 2011