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Three new assistant garda commissioners selected by Policing Authority

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Pat Clavin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Pat Clavin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Pat Clavin. Picture: Frank McGrath

The head of the Criminal Assets Bureau, Pat Clavin is one of three new assistant garda commissioners selected by the Policing Authority.

The list also includes the first police officer from the PSNI, Paula Hilman, to be appointed to that rank in the Garda force.

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PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman. Photo: Arthur Allison

PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman. Photo: Arthur Allison

PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman. Photo: Arthur Allison

The third officer on the list is Anne-Marie Cagney.

The three were chosen by the Policing Authority following a rigorous series of interviews and written examinations.

They were selected from a short list of seven, who made it through to the final round of the competition.

Their names have now been submitted to the Garda authorities for clearance before the details of the appointments are publicly announced.

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Chief Supt Ann Marie Cagney and Sgt Margareth Flanagan. Photo: Mark Condren

Chief Supt Ann Marie Cagney and Sgt Margareth Flanagan. Photo: Mark Condren

Chief Supt Ann Marie Cagney and Sgt Margareth Flanagan. Photo: Mark Condren

Det Chief Supt Pat Clavin has been in charge of the Criminal Assets Bureau at a time of expansion and successful operations that led to a record haul of assets, worth in excess of €50m, being seized last year.

He moved to the bureau after his first appointment as chief superintendent of the professional standards unit and had previously worked as a superintendent in the Dublin West division where he was in charge of the Lucan and Blanchardstown districts.

Chief Supt Anne-Marie Cagney has risen quickly through the ranks in recent years and on promotion to that rank took command of the Dublin East division in Dun Laoghaire. She previously worked as a detective superintendent at the national protective services unit.

Det Chief Paula Hilman is currently a detective chief superintendent in the PSNI where she has been in charge of the public protection branch since December 2017 and over the previous four years had held a series of “strategic and operationally challenging” positions as a superintendent and chief.

She was also the first female president of the Superintendents’ Association of Northern Ireland.

She follows in the footsteps of former senior PSNI colleague, Drew Harris, who was appointed Garda Commissioner in September 2018.

All three are expected to take up their new positions later this year as a number of vacancies are arising.

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