EXCLUSIVE: Garda Commissioner tells how controversies 'personally' impacted on her
Retired Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has told of how years of controversies have "personally" impacted on her.
In a message to garda members, which has been seen by Independent.ie, Ms O'Sullivan said she was "doing a job I love" but acknowledged there had been "low points".
"Today, after 36 years proud service, I leave An Garda Síochána. I have been privileged to meet incredible people inside and outside the organisation," she said.
"During my service I have seen radical changes in Ireland, our economy and the society in which we live and work.
"The types of threats, concerns and issues have changed radically over that time but I am proud that our organisation has changed and adapted to respond to the community. I had many moments along the way where I realised, even at the time, that I was fortunate to be doing a job I love; and like any life lived there have been some low points as well.
"The last number of years have impacted on all of us personally and on the organisation, but we used those times to identity what we needed to do for the future," she added.
She thanked her colleagues for their "courage, hard work, dedication and commitment" and wished them success in their future careers.
"Over the last three years we have worked to rebuild and restructure the organisation to meet the unprecedented policing and security challenges we face," she said.
"It hasn't been easy, we can't fix everything overnight, but, we have made significant progress, some of which we are only beginning to see.
"i want to thank you for your courage, hard work, dedication and commitment in meeting these challenges. Despite the controversies and crisis our work has seen public trust and confidence remain high. We should never take this for granted.
"Each of you has a role to play in ensuring that public support continues and grows, through your attitude, behaviours, action and professionalism, regardless of the position you hold within the organisation. Always remember you can make a difference not just in perceptions but in other people's lives.
"As I leave today, I wish all of you success in your chosen career path and ambitions and continued success in your collective efforts to keeping our communities safe," she added.