This afternoon

Via The United Nations:

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Ms. O’Sullivan succeeds Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.

As deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security (USG/DSS), the Assistant Secretary-General will be responsible for the day-to-day overall management of the Department and supporting the USG in the overall leadership and management of the Department.

Ms. O’Sullivan has over 36 years of experience in the international law enforcement and security environment, and most recently held the position of Garda Commissioner of An Garda Síochána in Ireland.

Prior to that, she was the Interim Acting Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, responsible for advising the Minister of Justice and the Government of Ireland on all matters pertaining to national security and policing.

Ms. O’Sullivan began her career with An Garda Síochána in Ireland in June 1981 and progressed through the ranks, holding various operational and managerial positions since then.

Ms. O’Sullivan brings to the role her extensive experience in international safety and security management, strategic management and leadership.

She is a leader in partnership building, leading teams and able to manage complexity and to drive strategic change. She also brings an in-depth knowledge of international security, crisis management, strategic and institutional leadership and gender issues to the position.

Ms. Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland – Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security (United Nations)


‘Charleton takes the view that she [Noirin O’Sullivan]  was not involved in a campaign to smear Maurice McCabe, regarding Dave Taylor’s allegations against her as motivated by malice. However he does indicate that in some respects he doesn’t believe O’Sullivan’s evidence:-

“She reached out to Maurice McCabe and attempted to solve the workplace-related issues which surrounded him.

These efforts were successful at first, but were undermined by what she felt was the necessity to test where he was coming from in the very serious allegations of corruption that he was making before the O’Higgins Commission.

Her decision in that regard involved talking at length to officials in the Department of Justice and Equality. She is likely to have remembered that, contrary to her evidence, because she realised what was at stake.

It is also improbable that she did not have an inkling at the very least about Commissioner Callinan’s views. At the very least,

it was more than improbable that nothing emerged in the car journey with him back to Garda Headquarters from the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee on 23 January 2014.

It was disappointing to hear her evidence on this.”

Effectively, what this is saying is that Noirin O’Sullivan, while not implicated in the smear of McCabe, was not truthful in her evidence – an extremely serious conclusion with regard to a former Garda Commissioner, and something which surely merits more than just disappointment.’

Legal Coffee Drinker: Charelton Report Conclusions


Some neck, in fairness.

Earlier: Full Closure

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32 thoughts on “UNreal

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    I hope the considerable UN remuneration and expenses regime covers her propensity to lose expensive iPhones and iPads.

    Poo floats.

    1. ralph

      Mind you she replaces another tainted with corruption in a very corrupt organisation
      She will fit in perfectly

  2. Eoin

    “Ms. O’Sullivan has over 36 years of experience in the international law enforcement and security environment, and most recently held the position of Garda Commissioner of An Garda Síochána in Ireland.”

    That’s not true, is it? Wasn’t she a director of strategy or somesuch of an American policing group after she was forced to resign from the Gardai in September 2017. She said at the time of her resignation that it was because of an unending cycle of investigations, which included the falsification of two million breath tests, the tainting of 15,000 convictions, irregularities in the accounts of the Garda training college in Templemore, the refusal by the Central Statistics Office to publish crime statistics supplied by Gardai because of concerns about reliability. The Charleton tribunal conclusion about her evidence is just the cherry on the cake.

        1. topsy

          Well Ollie, bad as she was, she didn’t lock herself in a car at Westminster Bridge and hide like your “Sir” gutless constable did ( & the poo fear running down his leg) when one of his subordinates was being stabbed to death. You must be proud of him.

    1. ralph

      They might just be but if she lay dying on the road I certainly would not go to her aid
      Maybe then she might die laughing

    2. Giggidygoo

      And pardon my tin foil hat, but isn’t it convenient that Charleston was nice and soft in his summation. This appointment has obviously been simmering. Can’t upset the apple cart.
      Or maybe a sop to Varadkar? How’s the place on the UN council coming along?
      As for Fitz and her tweet? Flanagan MK2

  3. Catherine costelloe

    It would have been dignified to allow Maurice the goodwill of the nation on his retirement today and postpone this announcement.
    You got their measure Maurice and have a lovely evening with your family & friends.

    1. Cú Chulainn

      Of course. But it’s done to remind everyone how it really works. Which is sad and horrible and makes you wonder what’s the point of the human race.

  4. Steph Pinker

    I’m wondering from an objective point of view; are we one of the few countries in the world which don’t have perjury laws when it comes to lack of credibility regarding witness testimony? Obviously, I’m not implying anything about the bona fides of NO’S or Callinan – or any other aspect [including Túsla and some government officials] of their interpretation of what Maurice Mc Cabe was subjected to as a result of his experiences; however, he, his family and friends have suffered.

    We have defamation legislation: what about those who lie and defame the reputation of others with/ without reason and impunity?

    1. Steph Pinker

      In reply to my own question, according to Fergus Kelly’s, A Guide To Early Irish Law (Brehon Law); the definition of perjury (éthech), is: ‘A person who swears a false oath […] is not entitled to give testimony about anyone.’


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