Saturday 27 December 2014

The commissioners of GSOC

Published 16/02/2014 | 02:30

The three commissioners are:

Simon O'Brien

THE Cambridge graduate is an experienced former commander with the London Metropolitan Police. He has been GSOC chairman since 2011 with a salary of €146,370pa, but he only spends part of each week in Dublin. His contract allows him to travel to and from the UK, where he has a wife and young children.

A payment of up to 11 per cent of his salary is also paid into a personal retirement savings account (PRSA). Prior to his appointment, he spent a year as deputy chief inspector with the Garda Siochana Inspectorate, which examines and makes recommendations on policing practices and administration.

He holds masters degrees in business administration, criminology and police management.

Mr O'Brien joined the London Met in 1978, rising to the level of chief superintendent, and later became a commander in 2007, controlling policing in 11 boroughs in north and east London. He was also the lead officer in London on alcohol licensing and immigration crime.

Carmel Foley

THE former civil servant has been a commissioner since February 2006, being reappointed to the position in 2011. Her salary scale is €119,572 to €136,496 and she is a member of the civil service pension scheme. She spent 11 years at the Department of Foreign Affairs, including stints at embassies in Washington and Luxembourg.

She left the department to take up the position of chief executive for the Council for the Status of Women in 1989. Four years later she became chief executive of the Employment Equality Agency, where she stayed until 1997. Her next high-profile role was as Director of Consumer Affairs, a position she held for seven years.

Ms Foley has also served on the boards of the National Consumer Agency, the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and the Pensions Board.

Kieran FitzGerald

A FORMER RTE journalist and lobbyist, Kieran FitzGerald originally joined GSOC as its head of communications and research when it was set up in 2007.

He has the same salary scale and pension benefits as Ms Foley. He was elevated to the role of commissioner in 2011, but has continued to act as GSOC's public face. Before joining GSOC, he spent several years working as an environmental lobbyist and media consultant.

He has also worked as a producer, reporter and researcher for programmes including the Late Late Show, Prime Time and Liveline.

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