President Mary McAleese today appointed a senior lawyer and former Insurance Ombudsman as the first Ombudsman for the Defence Forces.
Paulyn Marrinan Quinn was nominated by the Government for the role, which will see her as the ultimate point of appeal for complaints by members and former members of the forces against colleagues or civil servants in the Department of Defence.
The three-year position was created by the Ombudsman (Defence Forces) Act 2004 and will be brought fully into action in December.
Ms Marrinan Quinn was formally appointed this afternoon by the President at Aras an Uachtarain, in the presence of the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea and the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lt Gen Jim Sreenan.
In a short ceremony she was presented with the Warrant of Appointment signed by the President.
Announcing the appointment, Mr O’Dea wished Ms Marrinan Quinn well in her new position and said the introduction of the new office was a significant development in the history of the Defence Force.
PDFORRA, the association for Defence Forces soldiers, sailors and airmen, also welcomed the appointment, after campaigning for several years for an independent redress system.