Monday 23 July 2018

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan lands new role with nonprofit organisation in US

Nóirín O'Sullivan
Nóirín O'Sullivan
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has secured a new role with a nonprofit policing organisation in the United States.

Ms O'Sullivan has been appointed as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Europe with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The IACP is a nonprofit organisation based in Virginia in the United States.

It represents international policing interests and conducts research into best-practice policing.

The role is a newly created position, according to a statement on the IACP's website.

It is the first time in the IACP's history that a staff member will be based outside of the United States.

"Commissioner O’Sullivan brings to the IACP over 30 years of invaluable law enforcement experience. Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has shown an unwavering commitment to the law enforcement profession, and will be a great asset to the association and the global profession," the IACP said.

"She was the first woman to lead the Gardai in its 92-year history. She has had a long and decorated history within the Gardai, first joining in 1981.

"The IACP is honored to have former Commissioner O’Sullivan join us. Commissioner O’Sullivan will arrive later in the Fall and will be based in Ireland."

Nóirín O'Sullivan resigned in September and gave Government ministers just six hours' notice of her intention to retire.

Ms O'Sullivan announced her decision to step down from An Garda Síochána just days after a damning report on inflated breath test numbers.

Independent.ie previously reported how Ms O'Sullivan will receive a €90,000-a-year pension and a lump sum of approximately €300,000.

Her announcement came as a surprise despite mounting pressure to retire amid the recent garda scandals, including falsified alcohol breath tests, wrongful motoring convictions, financial irregularities at the Garda Training College, and the ill treatment of garda whistleblowers.

She is due to begin her new role with the IACP later this year.

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