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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the Retirement of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

Noirin O’Sullivan has given many years of dedicated service to the State. I want to thank her for that on behalf of the Government and the Irish people.

She has overseen many significant developments in often challenging circumstances, and in recent years took on the challenge of reforming the Gardai.

As she said in her statement, her decision to retire is made in the best interests of An Garda Siochana and ensuring that it can focus on the extensive programme of reform that is now underway.

I wish Noirin every success in whatever she does in the years ahead.

The Government will now consider how best to accelerate the crucial and essential reform programme in the months and years ahead.

The Cabinet will discuss how best to proceed at its regular meeting on Wednesday.