Garda chief Noirin O’Sullivan tipped to take up new role at Europol

GARDA chief Noirin O’Sullivan could be leaving the force after being tipped to take up a new role at Europol.

The under-pressure Commissioner is among a number of candidates being considered for a senior position in the area of specialist enforcement, the Sunday Business Post claimed.

The job with Europe’s law enforcement agency will become available in November this year.

Since becoming Commissioner in November 2014, Ms O’Sullivan has had to deal with a number of controversies – from almost one million falsified breath tests to most recently the financial scandal at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.

Earlier this month she was heavily criticised in a report by the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee for her handling of the issue.

The PAC had been investigating serious financial mismanagement at the training college which it found to have 50 associated bank accounts as part of a non-transparent system of accounting.Public funds were also being misused to pay for gifts, while EU money was being diverted into a bank account used to fund Garda entertainment.

The PAC report said the information Ms O’Sullivan provided to the State’s financial watchdog – the Comptroller and Auditor General – “was not accurate and therefore not acceptable” in relation to the financial irregularities.

It also criticised Ms O’Sullivan for not reporting the issues to the watchdog as soon as she learned of them.

Ms O’Sullivan is on six weeks’ scheduled leave and will return on September 4.

3 Responses to Garda chief Noirin O’Sullivan tipped to take up new role at Europol

  1. timothy July 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    This would be a good way of moving her on. She is jinxed in her present role. People management is not her strong point.

  2. Eugene August 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    Typical of all news reporters. The headline of this story was Noirin tipped to take post at Europol, but it quickly deteriorated into reporting the alleged scandals in the force that we are all fed up listening to. I hope that She does get that job, there she might have some chance of success without distraction from all the lefties that want her out of the job.

  3. timothy August 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Eugene. People aren’t “lefties” because they hold honest genuine views that others may not agree with. It’s a distraction and an attempt to stymie debate. Clearly there is discontent in the force due to incompetent leadership .and a radical clear-out at the top management level is required to be replaced by professional outsiders. There is widespread unhappiness at present about appointments, transfers and promotions that has left many capable competent people aside.

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