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Deputy chief is new head of Garda

Deputy Commissioner Martin Callinan is to head An Garda Siochana from the end of the month, it has been announced.

The Government appointed the senior garda to succeed Fachtna Murphy as Garda Commissioner when he retires after more than 40 years of service.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said Mr Callinan will take up his position on December 28.

The father of three has served in a wide range of roles since he joined the force in 1973 before taking his current position of Deputy Garda Commissioner in charge of operations, where he had responsibility for all operational policing and national security issues.

Mr Ahern said: "He has a distinguished record of service in the Garda Siochana, with a wide range of experience in key positions in the force, and has all the qualities needed to lead the Garda Siochana successfully through the challenging times ahead."

Over almost three decades Mr Callinan served in stations in Waterford, Blanchardstown, Cabra, Terenure and Swinford. He was in the crime and security section at Garda Headquarters and in the former Central Detective Unit.

Appointed assistant commissioner in 2005 he was assigned to National Support Services, which oversaw the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Garda National Drugs Unit, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Operational Support Unit.

Mr Callinan previously undertook management training at the FBI Academy in Quantico in the US, where he also completed a programme designed for chiefs of police worldwide.

Mr Ahern also paid tribute to outgoing Commissioner Murphy.

He said: "He has led the Garda Siochana through a period of significant organisational and operational change, and has led from the front with enormous dedication and commitment."

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