ARA’s Alan McQuillan gets promotion

The Irish Times breaking news report is slightly misleading, Alan McQuillan has not, as it claims, been “appointed as boss of the North’s Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) today.” He has actually been appointed to the post of interim Director of the UK-wide Assets Recovery Agency, taking over from the first Director of the Agency, Jane Earl. He was Deputy Director of the Agency so it’s not a surprise, and not when the National Audit Office report highlighting the level of co-operation between the ARA and the PSNI is also taken into account.Worthwhile noting this from the Home Office/NIO statement

Any proposed merger will require primary legislation. In the meantime ARA will continue to operate as before and use its powers to the full in proceeding with all cases under active litigation as well as adopting new cases from referring agencies in the criminal enforcement community.

John Reid may have been telling the truth after all..

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  • Token Dissent

    Sounds as if this is a deserved promotion for a hard working public servant. The ARA is one of the few spheres of public admin. that has been operating well in recent years.

    Whatever happens with the restructuring let’s hope that it still has the resources and the political backing to go after the gangsters: in South Armagh, East Belfast or wherever.

  • Yokel

    So much for the ‘this is related to the peace process’ business…..

  • Briso

    “This Ronnie Flanagan problem, Sir Humphrey… how will we get rid of him?”

    “Oh minister, just do the usual, promote him.”

    Years pass…

    “This Alan McQuillan problem, Sir Humphrey…

  • slug

    Congratulations, Alan.

    May your good work continue.

  • Miss Flood

    It was absolutely wonderful to learn about Alan McQuillan’s elevation to Acting Director of the Assets Recovery Agency. In its short existence the ARA has had tremendous success in seizing a wide spectrum of ill-gotten gains. That success has come about through the sterling efforts of Alan McQuillan and his team, who show no fear or favour in carrying out their remit.

    It also helps that I’m rather partial to the chap with the fuller figure. What a man!

    Well done, Alan.

    Miss Flood

  • heck

    the RUC have’nt gone away you know