Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cabinet signs off on controversial garda promotions

Published 22/11/2016 | 15:03

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Caroline Quinn
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Caroline Quinn

The Cabinet has signed-off a raft of promotions in An Garda Siochana following controversial gaps in the senior ranks of the force.

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Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald successfully sought approval to appoint officers to the positions of Assistant Commissioner, Chief Superintendent and Superintendent.

It comes after accusations that the Government was leaving the force under-resourced until after responsibility for appointments passes to the new Policing Authority at the end of the year.

In total one new Assistant Commissioner has been appointed, three Chief Superintendents and seven Superintendents.

The appointments are required to fill existing vacancies at National, Divisional and District level.

Speaking after today’s Cabinet meeting the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: “Since September there have been a number of mainly voluntary retirements from the senior ranks of An Garda Síochána.

“The Government is determined that there is no undue delay filling critical Garda vacancies and is determined to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a leadership team that can address the serious challenges it faces every day in maintaining law and order.”

The Tánaiste said the move followed consultation with Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan.

“These appointments are within the agreed strength of the Employment Control Framework and the Policing Authority has been consulted on them.”

Ms Fitzgerald added that she is “absolutely committed” to the Policing Authority taking over responsibility for appointments from December 31.

“The establishment of the Policing Authority represents one of the most significant and progressive reforms to the sector over recent years,” she said.

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