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Edward Whelan , Colm Barclay  and Martin Mullen  have been appointed as Prison Service Campus Governors. Their role will centre upon the implementation of the Public Service Agreement 2010 – 2014 on their respective campuses.  

Edward Whelan will serve as Mountjoy Campus Governor with effect from March 1 2012. He was appointed as a Prison Officer in the early 1970’s to Mountjoy Prison. He has previously served in Mountjoy, Cork, Portlaoise, Shanganagh Castle, Shelton Abbey, Fort Mitchell and Wheatfield Prisons; as Assistant Chief Officer, Chief Officer, Assistant Governor and Deputy Governor and Governor 2; as Governor 1 to Wheatfield Prison in 2000 followed by Portlaoise Prison until 2010 when he took charge of Mountjoy Prison.

Colm Barclay will take up his position as Campus Governor in the West Dublin Campus on July 30 2012. He was appointed as Prison Officer in 1984 in St Patrick’s Institution. He has served in St Patrick’s Institution, Wheatfield, Cloverhill, Mountjoy, Dóchas and Midlands and in the Prison Service Training Centre in Portlaoise. He also served as Assistant Chief Officer, Chief Officer and Governor 2. He was appointed Governor 1 in charge of Midlands Prison on September 11 2010 and also became Governor in charge of Portlaoise Prison in February 2012.
Martin Mullen will take up his position as Campus Governor of the Portlaoise Campus on July 30 2012. He was appointed Prison Officer on 17 November 1986 serving in Arbour Hill Prison. He has also worked in Mountjoy and Cloverhill prisons and has served as Assistant Chief Officer, Chief Officer, Assistant Governor, Deputy Governor and Governor 3. In 2007 he was appointed as Governor 2, based in Irish Prison Service Headquarters in Longford, where he served as Deputy Director of Operations. In 2009 he was appointed Governor 1 based in Irish Prison Service Headquarters assigned to the Human Resources Directorate.

Their duties will include: Delivering on the mission of the Irish Prison Service to provide safe, secure and humane custody for people who are sent to prison in line with national and international obligations; leading the management team in managing all aspects of ongoing activity across the campus; ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources including staffing and the care and maintenance of the campus, buildings, plant and service; driving the implementation of IPS policies in relation to all matters; maintaining efficient and effective management systems and practices across the prison campus, including all prisoner, human resources, and financial management systems in order to ensure the provision of regular meaningful management information to the Director General and other functional Directors within the Irish Prison Service; providing leadership, guidance and support to all staff thereby ensuring high standards of performance, quality service, fairness and courtesy across the Campus; and driving the public service reform agenda, implementing strategies for change, and ensuring that through the Campus structure the Irish Prison Service achieves the transformation targets set out in the Public Service Agreement.

Announcing the appointments, Minister Shatter stated: “These appointments will facilitate the development of the agreed new Campus structures in the prisons, whereby eight separate prison management structures will be combined into three consolidated Campus management structures. The implementation of new Campus Governance management structures, in addition to generating substantial savings at senior management levels, will also greatly facilitate the further development of shared services on each Campus”.