Judge is named new head of GSOC
Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Ring has been named as new head of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).
She replaces the previous GSOC chairman, Simon O'Brien, who resigned last January. Announcing the nomination Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, said Ms Justice Ring would "bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of chairperson".
Judge Ring has a reputation for a no-nonsense approach to her work as a judge in the Circuit Criminal Court, to which she was appointed in April 2012, after 27 years as a barrister specialising in criminal and family law. She faces a major challenge re-building GSOC's reputation and adapting to new garda structures.
As required by the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the nomination will now go to both the Dáil and Seanad for approval before formal appointment is made by the President. A government spokesman said Judge Ring is also expected to be appointed to the rank of High Court judge in line with the status of the appointment.
Since it began in 2007 GSOC had a fraught existence.