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Acting Commissioner


Title: Acting Garda Commissioner

Native Of: Carna, Co. Galway

Appointed: September 2017

Joined: 1983

Career Highlights:

Acting Garda Commissioner Ó Cualáin served as a Garda in Donnybrook, in the Garda Technical Bureau and in the Garda College.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant while attached to Rannóg na Gaeilge at the Garda College and later served in the Aran Islands and the Continuous Professional Development School in Galway.

In 1994 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and served in Ballyshannon before transferring to the Organisation Development Unit, Garda Headquarters and in 1996 was assigned to the Western Regional Office, Galway.

In 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and was allocated to Glenties District where he served until 2001.  He was then allocated to Ennistymon District before returning to Galway in 2003.

He was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 2005 and served briefly in the Divisions of Mayo and Sligo before returning to take charge of the Galway Division.

In February 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and took charge of the Southern Region with responsibility for the Divisions of Cork City, Cork West, Cork North, Kerry and Limerick.

On the 27th July 2012 he took charge of the Western Region.He was appointed Deputy Commissioner on the 20th October 2015 and took over as Acting Garda Commissioner in September 2017.


*    Advanced Diploma in Executive Leadership – Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD. (2009)

*    Innovations in Governance – J.F.K. School of Government – Harvard University (2008)

*    Executive Masters in Business Administration – NUI Galway (2008)

*    International Exchange Programme – Community Policing – Boston College (2007)

*    Grid Leadership Course (2004)

*    B.A. in Public Administration – Institute of Public Administration