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PSNI officer given approval to take up senior position in Gardai

Permission has been given for a PSNI officer to join An Garda Siochana as a Superintendent.

Speaking on Tuesday in the Dail, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was discussing reform of An Garda Siochana and confirmed permission had been given to the Policing Authority, the body which oversees the work of An Garda Siochana, to make the appointment of a PSNI officer to the position of Superintendent.

"And that is a very practical example of reform underway," he said.

"For the first time somebody from an outside police force - in this case someone from Northern Ireland, from the PSNI - being appointed to a senior position within the gardai."

The Irish Times reports in 2015 a PSNI Inspector was appointed a Garda Superintendent.

This appointment marks the first time the Policing Authority, which took over making appointments of senior ranking gardai last January, has been involved in the process.

Government approval is required for appointments to senior positions within An Garda Siochana.

A spokesman for the Policing Authority said: "Where the candidate who is being considered for appointment is a member of the PSNI, the Authority must seek the approval of Government as per Regulation 12 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (Appointments to the ranks of Assistant Garda Commissioner, Chief Superintendent and Superintendent) Regulations 2016.

"We understand that the matter is before Cabinet today.

"Subject to Government approval, this is the first time the Policing Authority will consider the appointment of a person to a senior rank in the Garda Siochana who is not a member of the existing force."

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