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Recruitment of Garda Commissioner

The Policing Authority has been tasked by the Government with the nomination of a person for appointment to the position of Commissioner. The Authority has invited the Public Appointments Service (PAS), as required by legislation, to undertake a selection process for this purpose in accordance with the requirements relating to knowledge, ability and suitability for the position which have been prepared by the Authority in agreement with PAS and approved by the Minister for Justice and Equality. This position was advertised on 09 March 2018 and the deadline for the receipt of applications is 3pm on Thursday 12 April 2018.

There is a unique opportunity for the new Garda Commissioner to lead and shape Ireland’s police service to meet the internal and external challenges of the fast moving environment in which policing and security services operate in the 21st century and the expectations of the people of Ireland for a modern, professional, accountable and effective police service.

This is an extremely challenging, wide ranging and high profile role and an exceptional candidate who is an inspirational leader and accomplished senior manager is sought for the position. The candidate information booklet for this position can be viewed here .

The Policing Authority is keen to ensure that there is a wide field of candidates for this position. Applications are welcomed from candidates of an appropriate calibre from policing, security or civilian backgrounds in Ireland and abroad. While policing experience is desirable, it is not essential for this role. What is essential is the appetite and capacity to lead and transform a large complex organisation which delivers one of the most important public services in Ireland.

A competitive remuneration package, with salary negotiable up to €250,000, is on offer for the successful candidate.

Application details for the role of Commissioner in An Garda Síochána can be viewed on

Appointment to the position of Commissioner of the Garda Síochána is undertaken under Section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) which can be viewed here .