Government to appoint a new garda commissioner
THE Government is to appoint a new Garda Commissioner this week to succeed Fachtna Murphy.
Mr Murphy retires from the post at the end of the month.
He has been in charge of the 14,000-strong force since November 2007 and confirmed his retirement at the Garda College in Templemore last month.
The two front-runners to take over the top job are the current deputy commissioners, Martin Callinan and Nacie Rice.
By the end of the year, the Government will face several vacancies at senior ranks, with chief superintendent posts already vacant at Garda headquarters, Dun Laoghaire, and Roscommon, while Mr Murphy's retirement will result in vacancies at lower ranks.