A senior garda leading the fight against warring Hutch and Kinahan gangs has been appointed to the role of Assistant Commissioner.

The Policing Authority today confirmed Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy has been appointed to the rank. This is the second senior appointment that the Authority has made since the commencement of its statutory appointment functions at the start of the year.

Speaking about the appointment, Authority Chairperson Josephine Feehily said: "On behalf of the Authority, I have congratulated Assistant Commissioner Leahy and wish him every success in his future career.”

The appointment was made following a selection competition that involved a three-staged process.

The newly appointed Assistant Commissioner is a native of Cobh in County Cork and he joined the force in 1982. He has 35 years of policing experience both in Ireland and abroad.

He has served brief periods in Clare, Wexford and Mayo, but the majority of his service has been in inner city Dublin where he served as a Garda, Sergeant, Inspector and Chief Superintendent.

Assistant Commissioner Leahy has also been in charge of the national ‘Operations Support Unit’ and the ‘Professional Standards Unit’.

Most recently he has been involved in the ongoing war against feuding criminals involved in the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

He also has significant international policing experience and has served with the United Nations in Namibia, Cambodia, Bosnia and the Middle East.