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John Redmond, General Secretary of the Association of Garda  Sergeants and Inspectors

John Redmond, General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors

PJ Stone, General Secretary of the GRA

PJ Stone, General Secretary of the GRA

John Redmond, General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors

Gardai from all ranks have welcomed the appointment of Noirin O' Sullivan as Ireland's new Garda Commissioner with many sources saying that they were relieved that a serving officer rather than an outsider had got the top job.

Her appointment was also officially welcomed by the two main bodies to represent gardai - the Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI).

"This shows that the cream always rises to the top and shows that there is great talent among the men and women within An Garda Siochana. We look forward to working with her," PJ Stone, the GRA's general secretary said.

The AGSI's General Secretary John Redmond said his organisation is "delighted" with the announcement.

"An Garda Siochana requires a decisive leader who will implement reforms and give due regard to the voice of her staff after what can only be described as a very trying time for members of the force.

"The AGSI would like to extend our congratulations and good wishes to Commissioner O'Sullivan whom we have already met and who has committed to listening attentively to sergeants and inspectors.

"She has a broad wealth of experience and a personable approach, which is most welcome," he said.

Among the gardai who welcomed her appointment are officers based in Limerick who will be present in Adare on Thursday night when Commissioner O'Sullivan is expected to attend the Limerick Garda Youth Awards.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald congratulated Ms O' Sullivan and said that she believed that "with her experience and proven leadership capacity", she was the best person to deliver on the government's programme of "reform and modernisation".

kfoy@herald.ie


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