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Brigadier General Brian Cleary was appointed as Commander - Joint Task Force (JTF) following its establishment on the 19th Mar 2020 in response to Ireland's COVID-19 threat.

A native of Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Brigadier General Cleary joined the Permanent Defence Forces in 1981 as a member of the 58th Cadet Class and was commissioned as an Officer into the Artillery Corps in 1983.

Military Experience

Brigadier General Cleary has held a wide variety of roles and appointments in the Artillery Corps, DF Public Relations, DF Special Operations, DF Military College and DFHQ Operations Division.

Overseas Experience

He has extensive overseas service with the United Nations, EU and NATO deploying to Lebanon, Western Sahara, East Timor, Cote D’Ivoire, Chad, and Afghanistan.


Brigadier General Cleary holds a Masters Degree in Organisational Behaviour (MSc OB) from Trinity College , Dublin and a Masters Degree in Leadership, Management & Defence Studies from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.


Brigadier General Cleary is married married to Martina and they have four children. His interests include reading, sports, outdoor pursuits, triathlon and choral singing.