Major General Seán Clancy has been appointed the next Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces and will take up the position after the retirement of Vice Admiral Mark Mellett on 29 September.

The Government accepted Minister for Defence Simon Coveney's recommendation to nominate Maj Gen Clancy for the appointment this morning.

The nomination will go to President Michael D Higgins.

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Major General Clancy on his new appointment and I look forward to working closely with him in the future," Mr Coveney said.

The Minister for Defence also thanked Vice Admiral Mellett for his "outstanding contribution" as Chief of Staff over the last six years.

"On behalf of the Government, I would like to wish him well in his future endeavours and to thank him for his hard work and commitment over many years of service in the Defence Forces.

"The leadership, professionalism and dedication shown by him has brought great honour on the Defence Forces and on this nation as a whole," Mr Coveney said.

Maj Gen Clancy, who has been Deputy Chief of Staff since April 2019, joined the Defence Forces as a cadet in 1984, before commencing flight training in 1986.

He has accumulated nearly 5,000 flight hours in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

A statement from the Department of Defence described him as a "driver of change and a champion for innovation".

He played a central role in the development of Ireland's first Emergency Aeromedical Service established in 2012.

The co-author of the 2016 Defence Forces Leadership Doctrine, Maj Gen Clancy served in appointments including Squadron Commander, Wing Commander, Senior Staff Officer Operations, Senior Staff Officer Personnel, Chief of Air Staff Support in Air Corps Headquarters and Director of Strategic Planning Branch on the Chief of Defence’s Staff, Defence Headquarters.

Prior to promotion, he served as General Officer Commanding, Irish Air Corps and Director of Military Aviation.

Maj Gen Clancy was also a search and rescue pilot and was the commander of the crew who received the Marine Medal for Meritorious Service in 2002.

He spent a year serving with a European Union Force in Bosnia as the military advisor to the Force Commander and spent two years as air advisor to the permanent element of SHIRBRIG, the UN standby Brigade.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters in Military Leadership and Defence Studies from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

He is a graduate of the Defence Forces Command and Staff College where he was the recipient of the Lt Gen Tadgh O’Neill Award. In 2017, he completed a Diploma in Advanced Management Performance with Smurfit Business School.

Maj Gen Clancy lives in Dublin with his wife Caroline and their three children.