JOBS: Garda Commissioner job advertised to the public

'Policing experience not essential'

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


The events surrounding Garda whistleblower Sgt. Maurice McCabe and wider problems within An Garda Síochana has seen two Garda Commissioners leave the post in quick succession. 

Since Noirin O'Sullivan's departure last year, Donal O Cualain has been operating as the acting Garda Commissioner, but now the government has advertised the job on

The ad states that, "The Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police and security service, is growing, reforming and changing," describing the job as a "unique opportunity to lead, manage and develop a service which is due to expand by up to 30% over the next few years."

The role of Commissioner is outlined in the ad as being "extremely challenging, wide-ranging and high profile."

"It requires an exceptional candidate who is an inspirational leader, accomplished senior manager and a person of utmost integrity," the ad states.

It goes on to say that the successful candidate "will possess the experience and stature to immediately gain respect and instil confidence across an organisation with over 16,000 people and a budget of €1.6 billion."

"Your personal impact, leadership and communication skills will drive positive change and reform across the service."

The advert concludes by indicating, "experience in a policing role is desirable but not essential."

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