A garda inspector has been appointed head of operations at the newly established European cybercrime centre in Europol in The Hague, Holland.
Det Ins Paul Gillen has been in charge of the garda's computer crime investigation unit and has also initiated a worldwide education programme for police officers tackling cybercrime and international paedophile rings.
Det Insp Gillen also played a leading role in establishing a master of science degree course in forensic computing and cybercrime investigation at UCD.
From Seville Place in Dublin's north inner city, he joined the force in 1983 at the age of 18 after walking into Store Street station and announcing: "I want to be a guard."
He has been working in the unit for the past 15 years during which they provided key evidence that secured convictions in a number of high-profile investigations including the 'Lying Eyes' case, in which Sharon Collins was convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her wealthy partner.