Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has welcomed the appointment of Rear Admiral Mark Mellet to the position of Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented, “I welcome the appointment of Rear Admiral Mark Mellet as the new Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. Rear Admiral Mellet has gained extensive experience and credentials over the course of his long career in the Defence Forces. This experience will be of great benefit to the Defence Forces in the years ahead.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the current Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Conor O’Boyle on his successful time leading the Defence Forces. I wish Lieutenant-General O’Boyle all the best as he embarks on his retirement from next September.”