The Government has appointed two new Deputy Garda Commissioners, filling vacancies that arose in May 2013 and November last year.

Assistant Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualláin and Assistant Commissioner John Twomey were appointed today.

Deputy Commissioner is the second most senior rank in An Garda Síochána.

The vacancies arose when former deputy garda commissioner Nacie Rice retired in May 2013 and when Nóirín O’Sullivan was appointed Garda Commissioner in November 2014.

Welcoming the appointments, Minister for Justice Fitzgerald said: "I would like to wish the two successful candidates every success in carrying out their responsibilities as part of the senior leadership team of An Garda Síochána."

She noted that the two successful candidates had come through an open recruitment and selection process organised by the Public Appointments Service, a first for the selection of persons to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

The recruitment competition was advertised internationally and had attracted applicants from outside of An Garda Síochána.