The Minister has been informed by Simon O’Brien, Chairman of the Garda
Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), of his intention to resign his
position with effect from 30th January 2015.
Simon O’Brien was appointed Chairman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman
Commission on 12th December, 2011, a role to which he brought a wealth of
knowledge and experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to GSOC he
served as a Deputy to the Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána.
Inspectorate (GSI) from March 2010. Prior to that he worked with London’s
Metropolitan Police Service from 1978. Mr O’Brien is returning to the UK
where he will shortly take up a role as the Chief Executive of the Pensions
Ombudsman Service for the UK.
The Minister thanks Mr O’Brien for the important contribution he made in
his role as Chairperson of GSOC as well as the valuable contribution to his
previous role in the Garda Inspectorate, and wishes him all the best in his
endeavours in his new career.