Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been appointed to a senior role in the United Nations.

The news of her appointment to the role of Assistant Secretary General for Safety and Security came out on the same day that Garda whistle-blower Sgt. Maurice McCabe confirmed that he was retiring from the force.

Ms. O’Sullivan retired suddenly a year ago, offering no notice. Her sudden departure from the post of Commissioner came at a time when she was under severe pressure due to her handling of the Sgt. McCabe whistle-blowing case.

She was exonerated of mistreating McCabe and of organising a smear campaign against him earlier this month by the Disclosures Tribunal.

Her new role with the United Nations involves overseeing the safety of UN facilities, including its headquarters in New York, and of all its staff globally.

-Daniel Potter