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The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD has announced the appointment by the Government of 4 Chief Superintendents and 14 Superintendents in An Garda Síochána.

These appointments are in addition to the promotion of Gardaí and Sergeants to 82 Sergeant and 34 Inspector positions that were made by the Commissioner on March 28 2013.

The Minister said he is “pleased that the Government today agreed with my request, sanctioned by my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, to make these senior Garda appointments and to ensure that strength at management is kept to the highest possible level.”

The Minister added that “The agreement that has been reached will enable the strength of the senior and supervisory ranks to 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.”

The allocation of all those promoted and appointed to their respective Divisions and Districts is a matter for the Commissioner and his senior management team.