|Commissioner of An Garda Síochána|
|Member of||National Security Committee|
|Reports to||Minister for Justice and Equality|
|Nominator||Minister for Justice and Equality|
|Appointer||Government of Ireland|
|Term length||7 years|
|Inaugural holder||Michael Staines|
|Deputy||Deputy Commissioner Operations|
The Garda Commissioner (Irish: Coimisinéir an Gharda Síochána) – officially known as the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána – is the head of the Garda Síochána, the national police service of Ireland. The Garda Commissioner is appointed by the Government of Ireland (cabinet), on the recommendation of the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Commissioner reports to the Minister for Justice and Equality, in charge of the Department of Justice and Equality, of which the Garda Síochána is a state agency. The Garda Commissioner sits on the Irish government's National Security Committee (NSC), and is responsible for Ireland's domestic state security apparatus.
Traditionally, the Commissioner is the highest ranking police officer in the state, however the selection process for the position is now open to candidates from outside the force, outside a law enforcement agency and outside of the Republic of Ireland.
Office of the Garda Commissioner
The Garda Commissioner sits at Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 and is supported by a senior management team consisting of two Deputy Commissioners, a Chief Administrative Officer and twelve Assistant Commissioners;
- Deputy Commissioner Operations
- Deputy Commissioner Strategy and Change Management
- Chief Administrative Officer
- Assistant Commissioner Crime and Security
- Assistant Commissioner National Support Services (NSS)
- Assistant Commissioner Traffic
- Assistant Commissioner Organisation Development and Strategic Planning
- Assistant Commissioner Human Resource Management (HRM)
- Assistant Commissioner Operational Resource Allocation, Employee Development and Professional Standards
- Assistant Commissioner Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR)
- Assistant Commissioner Eastern Region
- Assistant Commissioner Northern Region
- Assistant Commissioner Southern Region
- Assistant Commissioner South-Eastern Region
- Assistant Commissioner Western Region
List of Garda Commissioners
|Name||Term of office||Reason|
|Michael Staines||February 1922||September 1922||resigned following Civic Guard Mutiny|
|Patrick Brennan||May 1922||September 1922||(unofficial - elected by mutineers during Civic Guard Mutiny)|
|Eoin O'Duffy||September 1922||February 1933||dismissed for encouraging a military coup|
|Eamon Broy||February 1933||June 1938||retired|
|Michael Kinnane||June 1938||July 1952||died|
|Daniel Costigan||July 1952||February 1965||resigned|
|William P. Quinn||February 1965||March 1967||retired|
|Patrick Carroll||March 1967||September 1968||retired|
|Michael Wymes||September 1968||January 1973||retired|
|Patrick Malone||January 1973||September 1975||retired|
|Edmund Garvey||September 1975||January 1978||replaced (lost government confidence)|
|Patrick McLaughlin||January 1978||January 1983||retired (wiretap scandal)|
|Lawrence Wren||February 1983||November 1987||retired|
|Eamonn Doherty||November 1987||December 1988||retired|
|Eugene Crowley||December 1988||January 1991||retired|
|Patrick Culligan||January 1991||July 1996||retired|
|Patick Byrne||July 1996||July 2003||retired|
|Noel Conroy||July 2003||November 2007||retired|
|Fachtna Murphy||November 2007||December 2010||retired|
|Martin Callinan||December 2010||March 2014||resigned (penalty points controversy)|
|Nóirín O'Sullivan||March 2014 (acting)
September 2014 (permanent)
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