Garda chief reshuffles her senior team
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has reshuffled her top team to tackle serious crime, with a spate of promotions and transfers in the senior ranks.
The moves follow Cabinet approval for the appointment of four new assistant commissioners, 10 chief superintendents and 18 superintendents.
Despite the raft of changes, some of the management posts remain unfilled, including in the Wexford division where there will only be two, instead of four, superintendents.
Three of the key Garda national specialist units have new bosses. Eugene Corcoran, former head of the Criminal Assets Bureau, will take over the south-eastern region after his promotion to assistant commissioner. He is replaced by Chief Supt Pat Clavin of Dublin west.
One of the main organisers of Operation Thor, which has cracked down on travelling crime gangs, Det Chief Supt Jim McGowan, takes charge of the drugs and organised crime bureau. He succeeds newly promoted assistant commissioner Michael O'Sullivan, who has been allocated to the executive support and corporate services section.
The other new assistants, John O'Driscoll and Ann Marie McMahon, take over in the northern and southern regions. They were formerly in charge of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Garda college at Templemore respectively.