First female deputy commissioner of Garda appointed
THE Government has appointed a woman to the post of deputy commissioner in the Garda force for the first time.
Noirin O'Sullivan has been in charge of the force's crime and security branch as an assistant commissioner since June 2009.
She was also the first female head of that section.
Her new promotion is the latest in a series of female breakthroughs in the force.
As a young detective, she played a key role in a garda team, "the Mockies", tackling drug-dealing gangs on the streets.
She later became the highest ranking female in the detective branch as a second in command in the national drugs unit.
And her promotion to assistant commissioner resulted in her being appointed as the first woman in operational charge of a region--the west.
She will now become the operational supremo for the force and succeeds Martin Callinan, who was promoted to the rank of Garda commissioner before Christmas.