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Garda's two major posts now filled by Dubliners

TWO Dublin natives now hold the top two positions in the gardai.

In December, Martin Callinan became the new Garda Commissioner and now he's joined by Noirin O'Sullivan, who yesterday became Deputy Commissioner of the force.

She became the first woman to hold such a high rank.

As Deputy Commissioner Operations, Ms O'Sullivan will be in charge of the operational policing side of the force.

The assistant commissioners in charge of Crime and Security and the National Support Services, which includes all the various specialist Garda units, will now answer to Ms O'Sullivan, as will all regional assistant commissioners.



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The decision was made at yesterday's Cabinet meeting and was announced by Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Mr Callinan.

Mr Callinan vacated the position of Deputy Commissioner Operations last December to replace Fachtna Murphy as Garda Commissioner. He is the first Dublin native to hold the highest position in the force.

Ms O'Sullivan, like Commissioner Callinan, is a native of Dublin. She has served with the force since 1981 in Dublin, Tipperary and Galway.

She was appointed to superintendent in 2000 and served in the Garda College before moving on to become a detective superintendent in the Garda National Drugs Unit.

As a young detective, she played a key role in a garda team, "the Mockies", tackling drug-dealing gangs on the streets.

She was promoted to chief superintendent in 2003 and served as a detective chief superintendent at the Technical Bureau and Human Resource Management.

In 2007, she was promoted to assistant commissioner in charge of the Western Region, before moving back to Human Resource Management.

In June 2009, she was appointed to the role of assistant commissioner in Crime and Security.

She is currently completing the national executive institute programme at the FBI Academy in Quantico, US, designed for chiefs of police worldwide.

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