Policing Authority starts to fill vacancies
Vacancies at the rank of assistant commissioner in An Garda Síochána are to be filled by the Policing Authority for the first time.
The authority, which took over responsibility for Garda appointments on January 1, has advertised a competition that will be open to existing officers and members of the PSNI.
It says the post of assistant commissioner is "a critical leadership post in terms of ensuring the highest standard of quality policing service".
The Irish Independent understands at least three assistant commissioner posts are likely to be vacant by the summer.
Gardaí who have served at least two years at the rank of inspector are entitled to apply for promotion before February 15.
The transfer of appointments from the Government to the Policing Authority proved controversial last year as a series of vacancies went unfilled.
Amid some rancour Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald appointed an assistant commissioner, three chief superintendents and seven superintendents in November.
However, five gardaí on a list to be promoted to chief superintendent were left disappointed when the list expired on December 31.