Top garda charged with force's reform

A top-ranking Garda officer was today appointed to a newly-created role in charge of driving reform of the force.

A top-ranking Garda officer was today appointed to a newly-created role in charge of driving reform of the force.

The new Deputy Garda Commissioner with responsibility for strategic change management will be Martin Callanan.

The 53-year-old, married father-of-three from Dublin worked his way up the ranks since joining the Garda in 1973 to Assistant Commissioner.

The new role, now one of three deputy commissioner posts, was set up on the advice of a steering group headed up by Senator Maurice Hayes.

Mr Callanan has previously worked in the National Bureau for Criminal Investigation and the Security and Intelligence Branch at Garda headquarters.

He will join the existing deputy commissioners, Fachtna Murphy and Peter Fitzgerald, second only to Commissioner Noel Conroy at the helm of the force.

Senator Hayes’ group last year advised the Government to create the new top-level role to steer much-needed change within An Garda Síochána.

A separate team, the Garda Inspectorate and the Management Advisory Group, recommended another new civilian post, also at deputy-commissioner level.

Recruitment for this job, which will replace Peter Fitzgerald’s post overseeing strategic and resource management, is to begin in the coming weeks.

Another six senior roles for civilians are to be added to the force’s management as part of the reform.

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