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Audit Committee

Membership Profile

In accordance with section 44 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005 as amended, the Policing Authority has appointed the following members to the Audit Committee for the period ending 30th April 2020.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan - Chairperson

Cyril Sullivan is the Vice President for Finance and Corporate Affairs at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Previous to the Dundalk Institute of Technology he was Director of Finance and Support Services / Company Secretary at the IPA, 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 completed his doctorate in Governance with Queens University.

Ms. Áine Cornally

Áine is a career banker in the Bank of Ireland. She has worked in Treasury and Capital markets and as Head of Operations, Strategy and Governance. Áine holds a BSc in Financial Services from UCD and an MSc in Business Administration from Trinity College and has served on Audit Committees in a number of other organisations.

Ms. Anne Tynan

Anne is a recently retired senior civil servant from the Department of Social Protection. Anne is a trained internal auditor with experience in a broad range of senior roles including Accountant for the Department of Social Protection Vote with annual expenditure of approx. €20 billion. She has considerable experience in governance, government accounting, PAC and C&AG liaison.

Prof. Niamh Brennan

A first class honours, first place in class Science (Microbiology and Biochemistry) graduate of University College Dublin, Professor Niamh Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors (London).

Professor Brennan has published on Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Forensic Accounting and Clinical Governance in international peer-reviewed publications. Professor Brennan has served as Head of Accounting and Associate Dean for Research at the UCD School of Business. She has held visiting positions at the University of Sydney, University of South Australia, University of Canterbury (Christchurch), University of Otago, Queensland University of Technology, the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Swinburne University of Technology.

Having established the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance in 2002, Niamh plays a leading role in the public discourse in Ireland and internationally on corporate governance.

Chairman of the National College of Art & Design and former chairman of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, she has held non-executive directorships with the Health Service Executive, Ulster Bank, Co-operation Ireland, Coillte and Lifetime Assurance (Bank of Ireland’s life assurance subsidiary). She served on the audit committee of the Department of Agriculture and Food and is former chairman/member of UCD's Audit Committee. She chaired the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Services and was vice-chairman of the Review Group on Auditing.

Mr. Joseph Nugent, CAO – Garda Representative

Joseph Nugent is a long serving public servant and has held senior management positions in a range of public bodies through his career including in the Office of the Attorney General, the Citizens Information Board, the Department of Finance and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Nugent was Chief Executive of the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), a central resource for the local government sector, providing, procuring and coordinating a range of HR/IR, Finance, ICT and other advisory services for the Local Government sector.
From 2010 to 2014 Joseph Nugent was Director of Passport Services in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, leading and delivering a series of passport reform initiatives over his five-year term.


MSc in Managing Organisational Performance from Cranfield University