Ombudsman for the Defence Forces

Statement by Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC, Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, on the Passing of Lt Gen Dermot Earley

23 June 2010

I have been deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley.

Lt Gen Earley was a powerful force for positive change and modernisation in the Irish Defence Forces, and was one of the champions of the establishment of an Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. Since the establishment of my Office in 2005, I benefited from a productive working relationship with him. Under his stewardship, many of the recommended reforms arising out of cases were implemented with immediate effect.

His passing creates a huge void; however, as a general and leader, he set a trail which can be followed.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to Lt Gen Earley’s wife and family, and – on behalf of my staff in the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces – I convey deepest sympathy to his colleagues on their great loss.