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Audit Committee

Membership Profile

An Garda Síochána Audit Committee was established in 2006 by the Garda Commissioner in accordance with Section 44 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, in accordance with Section 44 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, appointed the following as members of the Audit Committee for period ending 30th April 2017 :-

               Mr. Michael Howard (Chairman)
               Mr. Pat Fitzpatrick
               Mr. James Collins
               Mr. Cyril Sullivan
               Mr. Cyril Dunne (Chief Administrative Officer An Garda Síochána) 

Audit Committee Members – Biographies

* Mr. Michael Howard – (Chairman)

Mr. Michael Howard served as Secretary General of the Department of Defence from 2004 to 2013 and previously as an Assistant Secretary General in that Department.  Mr. Howard has extensive practical experience of the system of public finance and administration in Ireland and was centrally involved in the reform and modernisation of the Defence sector.

* Mr. Cyril Dunne (Garda Representative)

Prior to joining An Garda Síochána in April 2013, Cyril has had an extensive private sector background in Business Operations and Information Technology.

As Chief Administrative Officer, reporting to the Garda Commissioner, Cyril’s brief encompasses Human Resources, Finance, Corporate Services, and Information and Communications Technology.

Over the past 20 years he has held a number of Board Level positions in the Financial Services and Retail sectors in Ireland, Germany, and the UK.
He was a member of the Irish Government’s Information Technology Steering Committee which was established in  1996, and has been  a member of the Information Technology Steering Committee of An Garda Síochána, and a member of the global Advisory Board of Hewlett-Packard Corporation  (both from 2004 to 2006).

* Mr. Pat Fitzpatrick

Pat Fitzpatrick was employed in the Disability Sector.  He was responsible for a multi-million Euro procurement budget. He is a member of the Citizens Information Board, and the Audit Sub-Committee of that Board.  He also served on a Local Authority Audit Committee.

* Mr. James Collins

James Collins Is a qualified charted accountant by profession and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has a BComm from UCC. He has held senior financial and management positions with Irish and Multinational organisations. Previously he served on the boards and audit committees of commercial state companies and non profit organisations

* Mr. Cyril Sullivan

Cyril Sullivan has been Director of Finance and Support Services / Company Secretary at the IPA since 2000. Previous to the IPA, he was Head of Support Services at the National Roads Authority, a senior accountant with Eircom plc and an auditor with the Comptroller and Auditor General's Office in Dublin Castle. Cyril is a qualified accountant (FCCA and ACMA), has a BSc (Comp. Sc) and an M(Econ) Sc from TCD / IPA, an MBA from UCD’s Smurfit School  and is completing his doctorate in governance with Queens University.