A garda from Dublin has been appointed Head of Operations at the newly-established European Cyber Crime Centre in EUROPOL in The Hague.

Detective Inspector Paul Gillen will be a key figure in the EU’s fight against cybercrime.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright said: "The threats from cybercrime are dynamic and rapidly evolving, but a revolution is now underway in EU law enforcement and the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be at its forefront."

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter congratulated Detective Inspector Gillen on his appointment.

He said: "I wish to congratulate Paul on this appointment. It is a wonderful achievement and a great reflection not just on him personally but also on the Garda Síochána and indeed Ireland."

Detective Inspector Gillen joined the force in 1983.

He previously served in the Dublin Metropolitan Region and in Limerick. He has been attached to the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation since 2004.