September 2007

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Brian Lenihan T.D., announced that the Government has decided to appoint Deputy Commissioner Fachtna Murphy to succeed Noel Conroy as Garda Commissioner upon his retirement in November.

Commissioner Designate Murphy has had a distinguished career to date in An Garda Síochána and has served in a wide range of roles and in a number of key positions.

In making the announcement, Minister Lenihan said “I wish to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to Deputy Commissioner Murphy on his appointment and to wish him well in his new post. He has given many years service to An Garda Síochána and is committed to the ongoing change seen in recent times.”

As a Chief Superintendent, he was appointed as the first Chief Bureau Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) established in August 1996.  The CAB was established following the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in June 1996 and is a multi-agency unit consisting of personnel from An Garda Síochána, Taxes and Customs and Excise Sections of the Revenue Commissioners and Department of Social and Family Affairs.

In December 1999, he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and given responsibility for Human Resource Management including all matters relating to personnel, internal affairs, health and safety, welfare and overseas sections. He also had responsibility for training and development at the Garda Síochána College in Templemore.

Minister Lenihan concluded “Since July 2003, the Commissioner Designate has been Deputy Commissioner with responsibility for operational policing, with the Regional Assistant Commissioners and the Assistant Commissioners for Crime and Security and for National Support Services reporting directly to him. He has been responsible for key operations, such as Operation Anvil, targeting gangland crime and I am sure his commitment to these successful operations will continue in his new role.”

Note for Editors
A native of Timoleague, Co. Cork, Fachtna Murphy has served in An Garda Síochána since 1967. He has served in Crumlin, Central Detective Unit, Pearse Street, Ballyfermot, NBCI, Dun Laoghaire, CAB and Human Resource Management.

Deputy Commissioner Murphy was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1996 and appointed to take charge of the Dublin Metropolitan Eastern Division. Mr. Murphy led the Bureau for three years until his promotion to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in December 1999 and, following over three years in Human Resource Management, was appointed Deputy Commissioner in July 2003.

Deputy Commissioner Murphy has studied policing methods overseas at both the FBI Academy, Quantico, USA and at the Police College, Bramshill, England. 

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