Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces

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Chief of Staff of Defence Forces Ireland
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.jpg
Incumbent
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM (NS)

since 29 September 2015
Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Defence Forces
Member of National Security Committee
Reports to Minister for Defence
Nominator Government of Ireland on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence
Appointer President of Ireland
The office of the Chief of Staff and General Staff are located at the DF/DoD HQ in Newbridge, County Kildare

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces (COS) (Irish: Ceann Foirne na bhFórsaí Cosanta) is charged with the executive management of the Irish Defence Forces, and is the most senior military officer of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps branches. The Chief of Staff is appointed by the President of Ireland, who is the Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces, on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence subject to the approval of the Government of Ireland. The office of the Chief of Staff consists of his personal staff, a strategic planning office and a public relations section.[1]

The Defence Forces Chief of Staff sits on the government's National Security Committee (NSC).[2]

The Chief of Staff delegates remaining executive duties to two Deputy Chiefs of Staff (who hold the rank of Major General or equivalent) and one Assistant Chief of Staff (Brigadier General or equivalent);

  • The Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (D COS Ops) is tasked with operational matters.
  • The Deputy Chief of Staff Support (D COS Sp) is tasked with military support matters.
  • The Assistant Chief of Staff Support (ACOS Sp) is also tasked with military support matters.[1]

The current Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces is Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM of the Naval Service. Vice Admiral Mellett assumed the role on 29 September 2015.[3]

Current General Staff of the Defence Forces[edit]

Position Abbreviation Photograph Incumbent Branch
Chief of Staff COS Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.jpg Vice Admiral.png Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM Badge of the Irish Naval Service.svg Naval Service
Deputy Chief of Staff Operations D COS Ops Major General Kieran Brennan.jpg IE-Army-OF7.png Major General Kieran Brennan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
Deputy Chief of Staff Support D COS Sp Major General Kevin Cotter.jpg IE-Army-OF7.png Major General Kevin Cotter Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army
Assistant Chief of Staff Support ACOS Sp Brigadier General Peter O'Halloran.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Peter O'Halloran Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army

Overseas[edit]

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Maj Gen Michael Beary, Irish Army.jpg IE-Army-OF7.png Major General Michael Beary Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army

Brigade Commanders[edit]

The country is divided into two areas for administrative and operational reasons, and in each area there is an Irish Army infantry brigade. The two brigade group structure envisages distinct operational areas of responsibility for each of the brigades and is supported in their responsibilities by the Naval Service and Air Corps. Each of the Brigade formations and the Air Corps are commanded by a Brigadier General, while the Naval Service is commanded by a Commodore;[4]

Position Branch Abbreviation Photograph Incumbent
General Officer Commanding Southern Brigade Flash.svg 1st Brigade (Army) GOC 1 Brigade Brigadier General Patrick Flynn.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Patrick Flynn
General Officer Commanding Eastern Brigade (Irish Army).svg 2nd Brigade (Army) GOC 2 Brigade Brigadier General Howard Berney.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Howard Berney
General Officer Commanding Defence Forces Training Centre.png Defence Forces Training Centre (Army) GOC DFTC Joe Mulligan GOC DFTC.jpg IE-Army-OF6.png Brigadier General Joe Mulligan
General Officer Commanding Badge of the Irish Air Corps.svg Air Corps GOC Air Corps Brigadier General Seán Clancy, GOC Air Corps.jpg IE-Aircorps-OF7.png Brigadier General Seán Clancy
Flag Officer Commanding Badge of the Irish Naval Service.svg Naval Service FOCNS Hugh Tully.jpg IE Navy Rank Insignia-Cdre.svg Commodore Hugh Tully

List of Irish Chiefs of Staff[edit]

No. Image Rank Name Branch Date appointed Relinquished appointment Time in appointment
1. Eoin O'Duffy.png Lieutenant General Eoin O'Duffy Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army February 1922 July 1922 5 months
2. Dickmulc.jpg Lieutenant General Richard Mulcahy Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army July 1922 August 1922 1 month
3. Sean mac mahon.jpg Lieutenant General Seán Mac Mahon Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army August 1922 March 1924 1 year, 7 months
4. Lieutenant General Peadar MacMahon Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army March 1924 March 1927 3 years
5. Lieutenant General Daniel Hogan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army March 1927 February 1929 1 year, 11 months
6. Sean MacEoin.jpg Lieutenant General Seán Mac Eoin Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army February 1929 October 1929 8 months
7. Lieutenant General Joseph Sweeney Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army October 1929 October 1931 2 years
8. Lieutenant General Michael Brennan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army October 1931 January 1940 8 years, 3 months
9. Lieutenant General Daniel McKenna Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army January 1940 January 1949 9 years
10. Lieutenant General Liam Archer Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army January 1949 January 1952 3 years
11. Lieutenant General W. A. Egan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army January 1952 December 1954 2 years, 11 months
12. Lieutenant General Patrick Mulcahy Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army January 1955 December 1959 4 years, 11 months
13. Lieutenant General John McKeown Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army January 1960 December 1960 11 months
14. Lieutenant General Sean Collins Powell Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army January 1961 March 1962 1 year, 2 months
15. Lieutenant General John McKeown (2nd term) Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army April 1962 March 1971 8 years, 11 months
16. Lieutenant General Thomas O'Carroll Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army April 1971 July 1976 5 years, 3 months
17. Lieutenant General Carl O'Sullivan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army August 1976 June 1981 4 years, 11 months
17. Lieutenant General Louis Hogan DSM Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army June 1981 April 1984 2 years, 10 months
18. Lieutenant General Gerald O'Sullivan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army April 1984 February 1986 1 year, 10 months
19. Lieutenant General Tadgh O'Neill Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army February 1986 October 1989 3 years, 8 months
20. Lieutenant General James Parker Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army October 1989 April 1992 2 years, 6 months
21. Lieutenant General Noel Bergin Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army April 1992 December 1994 2 years, 8 months
22. Gerry McMahon.jpg Lieutenant General Gerald McMahon Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army February 1995 August 1998 3 years, 6 months
23. David Stapleton DSM.jpg Lieutenant General David Stapleton DSM Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army August 1998 24 September 2000 2 years, 1 month
24. Colm Mangan.jpg Lieutenant General Colm Mangan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army 25 September 2000 20 February 2004 3 years, 4 months
25. James Sreenan.jpg Lieutenant General James Sreenan Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army 21 February 2004 28 June 2007 3 years, 4 months
26. Dermot Earley DSM.jpg Lieutenant General Dermot Earley DSM Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army 28 June 2007 9 June 2010 2 years, 11 months
27. Sean McCann.jpg Lieutenant General Sean McCann Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army 9 June 2010 12 August 2013 3 years, 2 months
28. Lt Gen Conor O'Boyle (Ret.).jpg Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg Army 12 August 2013 29 September 2015 2 years, 1 month
28. Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.jpg Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM Badge of the Irish Naval Service.svg Naval Service 29 September 2015 Currently in appointment
1 year, 11 months

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Defence Forces website - General Staff > Chief of Staff". Military.ie. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Department of Defence and Defence Forces. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces". Defence Forces Ireland. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Defence Forces Brigade Commanders". military.ie. Retrieved 11 July 2015.