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Assistant Chief of Staff


Military Service

Brigadier General Adrian Ó Murchú joined the Permanent Defence Forces in 1982 as a member of the 59th Cadet Class. Prior to that, he spent several years in the Army Reserve (22nd Infantry Battalion FCA) in his home town of Ennis. After commissioning, he saw early service in the 6th Infantry Battalion, the Army Ranger Wing (Ireland's Special Operations unit), Military Intelligence and the Military College’s Infantry School. Later appointments included Company Commander and Second in Command of the 5th Infantry Battalion, Chief Instructor of the Cadet School, Head of European Security Section in Operations and Plans Branch DFHQ, School Commandant of the UN Training School Ireland and Commanding Officer of the DF's Central Medical Unit. He has also held appointments in Brigade Headquarters and Strategic Planning Branch in the Chief of Staff's Division DFHQ, where he was head of Capability Development Section. His most recent appointment has been as Director of Strategic Planning Branch, in which appointment he also acted as Senior Staff Officer to the Chief of Staff.

Overseas Service

General Ó Murchú’s considerable overseas experience includes tours of duty with the UN in UNIFIL (South Lebanon), UNOSOM II (Somalia), MINURSO (Western Sahara), UNTSO (Israel and Syria) and ONUCI (Ivory Coast). He has deployed twice with the EU - as Chief Intelligence Analyst with the Headquarters of EUFOR Tchad/RCA in Eastern Tchad and more recently for two years in Brussels as Military Assistant to the Chairman of the EU Military Committee. In this role he represented the Chairman at the Political and Security Committee, working with member state ambassadors and senior EU officials on the security and defence aspects of EU foreign policy.


He holds an honours degree in French and English literature from the National University of Ireland Galway, is a graduate (with Merit) of the École de Guerre in Paris and has a Masters (with Distinction) in International Liaison and Communication from the University of Westminster. In 2018 he completed an Executive Diploma in Strategy Development and Innovation (with Distinction) at the Smurfit Business School in University College Dublin. He holds a NATO interpreter qualification in French and has a keen interest in Irish language and music. He also holds various instructor qualifications as a diver and parachutist (both military and sport), and is President of Defence Forces Parachuting.


General Ó Murchú is married to Deirdre Kennedy, a third level lecturer, and is blessed with a son Oisín and a daughter Síofra.