· 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