Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (214)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

214. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason he waived the normal retirement age for Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to ensure that the Commissioner received an extension of two years past the normal retirement age of 60, in view of details supplied; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26464/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The appointment of the Garda Commissioner is, under Section 9 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, made by the Government. The Government decided to extend the term of office of the present Commissioner, as an exceptional measure, to provide continuity at a time of significant organisational change aimed at achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of the policing service. The extension will be for a period of two years.