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The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD has announced the appointment by Government of one Assistant Commissioner, four Chief Superintendents and 13 Superintendents in An Garda Síochána. The appointments were made  following a competitive selection process in accordance with the statutory regulations governing promotions in the force.

The Minister said “This development will enable the Garda Commissioner to fill key operational posts immediately”.

He added: “The agreement I have reached with my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, will in fact enable the appointment of one Assistant Commissioner, seven Chief Superintendents and 18 Superintendents, as well as the filling of consequential senior vacancies arising from these appointments. I will be seeking the approval of the Government for the balance of the appointments as soon as new Garda promotion panels have been established.  The agreement also means that, from now on, the strength of the senior ranks can be maintained at these new levels, so that any further vacancies within those levels will be promptly filled.  This will contribute significantly towards the maintenance of the operational capacity and effectiveness of the Garda Síochána.