News Irish News

Thursday 26 April 2018

Leo plays down Commissioner Europol controversy: 'I think it's good people seek promotions'

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Arthur Carron
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Arthur Carron

Niall O'Connor and Nicola Anderson

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has played down the decision by Noirin O'Sullivan to seek an exit from the force just halfway through her term as Garda Commissioner.

Mr Varadkar today confirmed for the first time his knowledge of Ms O'Sullivan's bid to land a top specialist job at Europol.

The Irish Independent reported last week that Ms O'Sullivan's application was rejected because she did not have the relevant experience.

The Commissioner has also been at the centre of several controversies in recent months, including the templemore 'slush fund' scandal, the garda whistleblower controversy and the revelations that almost one million breath tests were falsified.

Ms O'Sullivan is due to return from a five week holiday in early September.

Speaking in Canada, Mr Varadkar said there is nothing wrong with someone like the Garda Commissioner applying for a new job.

 "I don’t have any details on that so I don’t exactly know what the position is. I understand that she may have applied for a role in Europol and I’ve read that she may not have been successful for that role," the Taoiseach said.

"But I think that anyone in any position in any walk of life is entitled to apply for a promotion. I think it’s a good thing that people seek promotions and apply for promotions and the fact that they may not get it should not affect or undermine their authority in any way.

Online Editors

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News