Anti-terror garda is new Commissioner
THE officer responsible for spearheading the garda fight against organised crime and terrorism for almost four years has been appointed as the new Commissioner.
Deputy Commissioner Martin Callinan was yesterday awarded the top post by the Cabinet.
He succeeds Fachtna Murphy, who retires towards the end of the month after a distinguished career. A Dubliner, Mr Callinan had been one of the two frontrunners for the job as a result of his success as the force's operational "supremo".
Since his appointment as a deputy in January 2007, he had overseen the use of anti-terrorist units against dissident republicans and the crackdown on organised crime.
His brief also included the halting the sale and supply of drugs and firearms, cross-border policing, immigration-related initiatives, particularly suspected trafficking in adults and children and the investigation of all serious crime and traffic-linked initiatives.
Mr Callinan joined the force in 1973. While working with the former central detective unit he was in charge of the Tango team, which constantly shadowed crime gang boss Martin Cahill, known as The General.
Mr Callinan holds a BA in police management and has undergone management training at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Congratulating Mr Callinan last night, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said he had a distinguished record of service.
Mr Ahern also paid tribute to Commissioner Murphy, who had brought the force through a period of significant organisational and operational change.