Defence Forces Chief of Staff

Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle

Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle is the Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Defence Forces Ireland, having been appointed by the Government of Ireland effective from the 12th of August 2013.  He was previously Deputy Chief of Staff for Support.  Lt Gen O’Boyle was born in 1952 and joined the Defence Forces as a cadet in 1970.

Military Experience

On commissioning in 1972, he was assigned to the Artillery Corps and began his career in the 2 Field Artillery Regiment in Dublin. Having completed specialised training in the Artillery School he was transferred to the Air Defence Regiment where he served in a number of appointments before being transferred to the School of Artillery as an instructor.

Throughout his career Lt Gen O’Boyle has served in key staff appointments at Regimental, Brigade and Defence Force Headquarters level. Among these key appointments have been Instructor, Command and Staff School, The Military College DFTC and OIC ‘A’ Administration DFHQ.

On promotion to the rank of Colonel, he was appointed Commandant, United Nations Training School Ireland (UNTSI) where he was instrumental in establishing UNTSI as a Centre of Excellence for Leadership and Human Rights. More recently he was appointed as Director of the Defence Forces Strategic Planning Office in the Chief of Staff’s Branch in DFHQ before being appointed Officer Commanding, 1 Southern Brigade in July 2009.

In October 2009 he was promoted Brig Gen and appointed General Officer Commanding the Defence Forces Training Centre. In March 2012 he was promoted to Major General and appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Support of the Defence Forces.

Overseas Experience

Lt Gen O’Boyle has extensive overseas experience, having served in Middle East for two years with UNTSO and three tours of duty to Lebanon. In 2003 he was appointed Deputy Irish Military Representative at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels for three years.

He has a long association with the Curragh Golf Club where he was Club Captain in 2007. 

Lt Gen O’ Boyle is married to Fionnula and has two children, Ciara and Ian.

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