Justice role finally filled after two years
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has filled the position of secretary general in her department more than two years after it was vacated.
Noel Waters, who has held the job in acting position since 2014, will now take it up on a permanent basis.
The Cabinet approved his promotion yesterday following a fresh recruitment campaign that ran over the summer.
Mr Waters was previously the director general of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. He has been a public servant for all of his career.
As the most senior civil servant in the Department of Justice, he will have a central role in the ongoing industrial relations negotiations with the GRA and AGSI.