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First female Prison Service director general appointed

Caron McCaffrey, a career official, has been appointed Director General of the Irish Prison Service (IPS). She is the first woman to hold the post.

Ms McCaffrey takes over from Michael Donnellan, who retired last month after six years in the role.

She previously worked for the Department of Justice in the press office and the Asylum Policy Division before taking up the role of Press and Programmes Manager in the IPS in 2006.

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