Friday 28 October 2016

Garda Commissioner's husband is promoted to chief superintendent

Noirin O'Sullivan (Picture: Damien Eagers)
Noirin O'Sullivan (Picture: Damien Eagers)

The husband of Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has been promoted to Chief Superintendent, it has emerged.

Detective Superintendent Jim McGowan, who has worked in the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), was among dozens of gardai who went through the interview process.

The appointment is part of around 20 promotions for high-ranking officers currently at the rank of Superintendent or higher.

The promotion of the Garda Commissioner's husband comes just weeks before responsibility for such appointments switches to the new independent Policing Authority.

Mr McGowan has also worked at Ballymun Garda Station in the DMR North Central division, and was previously the Superintendent in Trim, Co Meath. His current role is coordinating and tasking regional policing operations in the DMR division.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr McGowan said he was pleased with the promotion and that he was able to offer his service to the force at the rank of Chief Superintendent.

The Garda Commissioner previously defended appointing her husband to investigate alleged leaks by members of An Garda Siochana to the media.


Mr McGowan, along with Chief Superintendent Francis Clerkin, was put in charge of investigating alleged leaks of the Roma report.

Miss O'Sullivan established the probe following a report by the former Children's Ombudsman into the removal by gardai of two Roma children from their families in Athlone and Tallaght in October 2013.

The report found that while the HSE could not be ruled out as a source of the information that was leaked, the release of details in relation to one of the minors may possibly have come from someone in the gardai.

Also promoted are four gardai who will be appointed to the role of Assistant Commissioner in vacant positions across the country.

These include Det Chief Supt Michael O'Sullivan of the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau; Det Chief Supt John O'Driscoll of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Det Chief Supt Eugene Corcoran of the Criminal Assets Bureau; and Chief Supt Anne McMahon of the Garda College in Templemore.

They will fill existing vacancies in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, the Northern Region, Southern Region and Western Region.


The vacancies arose as a result of a combination of promotions and retirements over the last 14 months.

The successful candidates were selected following an interview process led by Dorothy Scally, Chair of the Top Level Appointments Committee.

However, the decision to approve their appointment ahead of responsibility being transferred to the Policing Authority will raise some eyebrows.

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