Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has announced that she is retiring from An Garda Síochána. .
Ms O’Sullivan has notified both the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan about her resignation this afternoon.
Deputy Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin will be appointed by the Justice Minister as Acting Commissioner
In a statement, Ms O’ Sullivan said: “The support for me to continue in the role is evident,” Ms O’Sullivan said in a statement. However, I devoted much of my summer break to considering if continuing would be the right thing to do.
“It has become clear, over the last year, that the core of my job is now about responding to an unending cycle of requests, questions, instructions and public hearings involving various agencies including the Public Accounts Committee, the Justice and Equality Committee, the Policing Authority, and various other inquiries, and dealing with inaccurate commentary surrounding all of these matters,” she said.
“They are all part of a new – and necessary – system of public accountability.
“But when a Commissioner is trying – as I’ve been trying – to implement the deep cultural and structural reform that is necessary to modernise and reform an organisation of 16,000 people and rectify the failures and mistakes of the past, the difficulty is that the vast majority of her time goes, not to implementing the necessary reforms and meeting the obvious policing and security challenges, but to dealing with this unending cycle,” said Ms O’Sullivan.
Noírín O’Sullivan confirmed she had considered applying for a top job in Europol during the summer but has decided instead to take some time out with her family.