Senior garda gets top EU computer crime role

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A SENIOR garda who was formerly based at Henry Street is to lead the fight against cyber criminals across Europe.

A SENIOR garda who was formerly based at Henry Street is to lead the fight against cyber criminals across Europe.

Det Insp Paul Gillen, who has headed up the Garda’s computer crime unit in recent years, has been appointed head of operations at Europol’s Cybercrime Centre in the Hague.

He was centrally involved in building the case against Sharon Collins, who went on-line in search of a hitman to kill her former partner, Clare businessman PJ Howard in the infamous Lying Eyes case.

Det Insp Gillen has also acted as an external examiner for the masters degree in computing at Limerick Institute of Technology and was instrumental in setting up a degree in forensic computing and cybercrime at UCD.

Welcoming his appointment this week, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter commented: “it is a wonderful achievement and a great reflection not just on him personally but also on the Garda Síochána and indeed Ireland. It is particularly significant that this appointment, which was made following a competitive process confined to serving police officers throughout Europe, should take place early in Ireland’s presidency of the European Union”.

“Tackling cybercrime, which has no borders, is a priority for Ireland and for Europe at this time...and I am only too well aware of the threats that cybercrime poses to citizens, to commercial activities, and, most importantly, to children,” the minister added.