The Government has announced it will fill critical vacancies in An Garda Síochána.

It has made appointments to the positions of assistant commissioner, chief superintendent and superintendent.

One appointment has been approved to the position of assistant commissioner, three appointments have been approved to chief superintendent and seven to superintendent.

The appointments are required to fill existing vacancies at national, divisional and district level.

Speaking after today's Cabinet meeting, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: "Since September there have been a number of mainly voluntary retirements from the senior ranks of An Garda Síochána."

"The Government is determined that there is no undue delay filling critical vacancies in An Garda Síochána and is determined to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a leadership team that can address the serious challenges that the Garda Síochána faces every day in maintaining law and order."

"So having consulted with the Garda Commissioner, I proposed to Government that the eight existing vacancies in the senior ranks be filled immediately and the Government has decided to make those appointments as well as a further three consequential appointments".