New senior garda managers will help fill 'critical vacancies' says commissioner

The Garda commissioner said the appointment by the Government of 28 senior garda managers will “help to address the critical vacancies” in the organisation.

Nóirín O’Sullivan told the Irish Examiner she would continue to work with government departments and the Policing Authority to ensure that “adequate and appropriate leadership capacity” was in place.

The Government last week announced the appointment of 28 garda managers: 10 chief superintendents, and 18 superintendents.

Ms O’Sullivan had requested the “immediate appointment” of 46 garda managers: two assistant commissioners, 18 chief superintendents, and 26 superintendents.

The promotions leave her short 18 appointments: two assistant commissioners, eight chief superintendents and eight superintendents.

“These appointments of superintendents and chief superintendents by the Government are welcome,” the commissioner said.

“I recently highlighted to the Government and the Policing Authority that these were critical vacancies that needed to be filled as quickly as possible to ensure the appropriate leadership capacity of the organisation.

“These appointments will help to address the mission-critical vacancies that exist in An Garda Síochána.”

The commissioner said she would continue to work with government departments and the authority to ensure “adequate and appropriate leadership capacity” was in place.

A Garda spokesperson later added that appointment of the two assistant commissioners was a matter for the Government.

“The commissioner has publically commented on the critical need for these positions to be filled as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said.

One of the 10 new chief superintendents is a woman, while two of the 18 new superintendents are women.

  • Those promoted to chief superintendent are: John Quirke (currently Dublin Metropolitan Region West); Thomas Maguire (SDU); Margaret Nugent (HR); John Nolan (Technical Bureau); James McGowan (DMR Office); Gerard Russell (SDU); Mathew Nyland (Internal Affairs); Cornelius Cadogan (Cork City); Christopher Mangan (DMR West), and Kevin Gralton (DMR North Central).
  • Those promoted to rank of superintendent include: Sean Campbell (DMR South Central); John Dollard (SDU); Derek Hughes (Kilkenny/Carlow); Michael Gubbins (DMR South); James Boyle (Cavan/Monaghan); Brian Conway (Garda College); Brian Woods (Criminal Assets Bureau); John A O’Sullivan (Kildare); and Johanna O’Leary (DMR North Central).
  • Others appointed superintendent are: Paul O’Driscoll (Tipperary); Eugene Lynch (Security & Intelligence); James Delaney (Sligo/Leitrim); Brian Gill (Change Management); Brian O’Reilly (Security & Intelligence); Gerard McGrath (Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau); Brian Daly (DMR North); Ann Markey (DMR North Central), and Ernest White (Galway).

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