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Scandal-free garda is lined up for top post

THE Government is now lining up the most senior officer untouched by any of the scandals and controversies engulfing the Gardai to become the next Garda Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Fachtna Murphy was given a two-year extension to his career in July without other senior members of the force being informed by Government. This will allow Mr Murphy who is now 57, to succeed the present Commissioner, Noel Conroy, who retires in November next year, and to have a four-year tenure, retiring at 62 instead of the usual 60.

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