Kenneth Ruan

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1998, Kenneth Ruane was appointed to the post of Head of Civil Legal at An Garda Síochána on the 11th of December 2011.

His main role is to advise the Garda Commissioner and Garda management on a range of issues to include civil litigation, corporate, employment, immigration law together with European and Human Rights law.

Kenneth is the advisor to the Garda Commissioner on matters pertaining to the Data Protection Act 2018 and also in respect of Freedom of Information. He regularly lectures and tutors Trainee Solicitors and members of the Legal Profession on these topics and is also currently dealing with the proceedings regarding Data Retention before the ECJ in the Graham Dwyer case.

Kenneth was previously a solicitor in the Chief State Solicitor’s Office from 1999 to 2011 dealing with Extradition/European Arrest Warrant cases and a member of the Law Society of Ireland's Litigation Committee from 2007 to 2012.

In April 2012, Kenneth attended a three-week Leadership Program in Washington, U.S. at the request of the U.S. Department of State and has also completed an MSC in Leadership and Business Management in Smurfit Business School 2020. Kenneth also recently qualified as a Mediator with the International Mediation Institute in March 2021.

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