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Woman to head up the Garda


A first: Noirin O'Sullivan

A first: Noirin O'Sullivan

A first: Noirin O'Sullivan

The Republic has appointed its first female police chief.

Noirin O'Sullivan had been acting Garda Commissioner since her predecessor Martin Callinan stood down in March during a wave of controversies to engulf the force earlier this year.

Her elevation means women now occupy many of the top justice jobs in the Republic, including Justice Minister, Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General and Chief Justice.

Deputy Commissioner since 2011, Ms O'Sullivan has publicly declared her backing for more openness in the Garda and committed herself to working with the new Garda Authority, the Garda Ombudsman and the Garda Inspectorate to bolster public confidence in the force.

Belfast Telegraph