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Brigadier General Brendan McGuinness is the Commander - Joint Task Force (JTF) in response to Ireland's COVID-19 threat.

A native of Ballisodare, Co Sligo, Brigadier General Mc Guinness was educated in St Nathy's College, Ballaghderreen, joined the Permanent Defence Force in 1982 as a member of the 59th Cadet Class and was commissioned as an Officer into the Infantry Corps in 1984.

Military Experience

Brigadie​r General McGuinness has held a wide variety of roles and appointments in the Army including Officer Commanding 7th Infantry Battalion and Cathal Brugha Barracks, School Commandant Infantry School and Director of Infantry, Commandant Military College and most recently Director of Operations (J3/5).

Overseas Experience

He has extensive overseas service with the United Nations, EU, OSCE and NATO deploying on eight occasions to theatres in the Middle East and Balkans. On four occasions Brigadier General Mc Guinness had the privilege and responsibility of Commanding Irish soldiers. These appointments involved collaborating, providing leadership and managing in both Irish led and multinational missions.


Brigadier General Mc Guinness is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Executive Coaching in Smurfit Business College, UCD, Dublin. He also holds a Masters Degree in Leadership, Management & Defence Studies from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.


Brigadier General Mc Guinness is married to Dymphna and they have three adult children. His interests include reading, cycling, basketball and current affairs.