The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., has announced that the Government has today appointed Mr Martin Callinan, currently Assistant Commissioner, National Support services, as Deputy Garda Commissioner in An Garda Síochána.

In July 2006, the Government decided to create a third Deputy Garda Commissioner post. Prior to today's appointment there were two posts at the level of Deputy Garda Commissioner - Deputy Commissioner Fachtna Murphy who holds responsibility for Operations and Deputy Commissioner Peter Fitzgerald who is responsible for Strategic and Resource Management. The new Deputy Commissioner, Mr Callinan, will be responsible for strategic change management.  

The case for a third Deputy Commissioner was identified as crucial by the Advisory Group chaired by Senator Maurice Hayes which reported on the implementation of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. That group recommended that, in order to drive forward the major change process being undertaken under the clear leadership of the Commissioner, a dedicated change management team was required, which should be headed by a new appointee at a level equivalent to Deputy Commissioner, reporting directly to the Commissioner. The Tánaiste believes that the appointment of the third Deputy Garda Commissioner will enhance the continuity of management and oversight in An Garda Síochána  identified as a priority by the Hayes group. 

On a related issue, the Government approved on 19 December 2006 the creation of 7 new senior civilian posts, including a new Deputy Commissioner equivalent, in the senior management structure of An Garda Síochána as recommended by the Garda Inspectorate and the Management Advisory Group (appointed to advise the Garda Commissioner on issues of management and leadership development in the Force). 

Recruitment for the Deputy Commissioner equivalent civilian post, which will ultimately replace the current Deputy Commissioner post for Strategic and Resource Management and will carry the title of Chief Administrative Officer, will commence in the coming weeks. This civilian administrator will join the Garda Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner Callinan and the other members at that level in the organisation on the force's new Board of Management - the establishment of which was recommended by both the Management Advisory Group and the Garda Inspectorate in their reports on senior Garda management structures published last November.

Biog of Deputy Commissioner Callinan

Born in August 1953, a native of Dublin, Martin Callinan has served with the Garda Síochána since 1973. He has served in various postings in Dublin, the South East and the West of Ireland over his career. His most recent postings prior to becoming an Assistant Commissioner were at the National Bureau for Criminal Investigation and the Security and Intelligence Branch at Garda Headquarters.

Married with 3 children, Mr Callinan is the holder of a degree in Police Management and has extensive training in policing strategies and operations both in Ireland and in police training centres outside the country.

17 January 2007