The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., today announced that the Government has decided to appoint Deputy Commissioner Martin Callinan to succeed Fachtna Murphy as Garda Commissioner upon his retirement later this month.

Martin Callinan has served in a wide range of roles and in a number of key positions in the Garda Síochána, and is currently the Deputy Garda Commissioner in charge of Operations.

In making the announcement, Minister Ahern said: "I wish to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to Deputy Commissioner Callinan on his appointment as Garda Commissioner and to wish him well in his new post. He has a distinguished record of service in the Garda Síochána, with a wide range of experience in key positions in the Force, and has all the qualities needed to lead the Garda Síochána successfully through the challenging times ahead.

I would also like to pay tribute to Commissioner Murphy who is retiring after over 40 years service in the Force. He has led the Garda Síochána through a period of significant organisational and operational change, and has led from the front with enormous dedication and commitment. He leaves behind a proud record of dedicated service to the State in the finest tradition of the Garda Síochána and, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Government, I thank him for his service to the State."

14 December 2010


Note for Editors

Deputy Commissioner Callinan’s appointment as Garda Commissioner will take effect on 28 December 2010.

Deputy Commissioner Callinan joined the Garda Síochána in 1973 and has served in Waterford, Blanchardstown, Cabra, the former Central Detective Unit, Pearse Street, Terenure, Swinford and the Crime and Security Section at Garda Headquarters.

He was appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2005 and assigned to National Support Services, which had under its remit the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Garda National Drugs Unit, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Operational Support Unit.

In January 2007 he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner in charge of Strategy and Change Management and in November 2007 was assigned to Operations, where he has been responsible for all operational policing and national security issues.

Deputy Commissioner Callinan holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Police Management. In 1995 he undertook management training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, USA, where he also recently completed the National Executive Institute programme, designed for Chiefs of Police worldwide.

He is married with 3 children.