DUBLIN, Ireland - After Garda commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan announced that she would be stepping down from the role with immediate effect, the government is said to have begun recruitment worldwide.
The government is said to have begun looking for a replacement for O'Sullivan, with reports stating that recruitment for candidates will stretch to English-speaking jurisdictions including the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, reports noted that the government is considering pay increases for the next garda commissioner - with the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan confirming the same.
Flanagan said that salary would be the subject of discussions between the Policing Authority and the Public Appointments Service.
The move reportedly comes as fears are high that top candidates might not apply for the role if the salary is not increased from the current 180,613 euros a year.
A report in the Irish Independent quoted a Government source as saying that if the Policing Authority now formally recommended an increase, then this could hardly be ignored.
Commenting on the recent changes, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday that the stability of the Government would be put under threat if he or any of his ministers had moved against the former Garda commissioner.