1. Recent Appointments and Service
COL Mark Staunton has 36 years service with the Irish Defence Forces. He is currently Director of Communications, Information Services & Cyber having taken over as DJ6 in January 2020. Previously he had been Officer In Charge (OIC) of Defence Forces Current Operations in DFHQ J3&5 since 2017. Immediately prior to this he Commanded the Defence Forces principal CIS Unit, DFHQ Communications and Information Services Coy from 2014 to 2017. Other previous appointments also include Senior Staff Officer Strategic Planning Branch DFHQ; G6 2 Bde HQ and Officer Commanding 2 Field CIS Coy in Cathal Brugha Barracks Dublin. He has three tours of duty as an Inf Pl Comd and Operations Officer (S3) with UNIFIL (1991, 1994, 2012); two six month deployments as a UN Military Observer in Western Sahara (MINURSO, 1997) and Cóte d'Ivoire (ONUCI, 2014) in addition to a two year deployment in The Middle East (Syria) with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) 2006-2008.
Col Staunton is a graduate of the Irish Military College Senior Command & Staff Course. He holds a primary Bachelor's Degree in Commerce (B Comm) and a post graduate degree in Law (LLB) from University College Galway. In addition he holds a Higher Diploma in Information Technology (H Dip IT) and a Master's degree in Leadership Management and Defence Studies (MA LMDS) from National University of Ireland Maynooth. He also holds a Masters of Business Studies (MBS Electronic Commerce) from University College Dublin and a Master's degree in International Relations (M Phil Peace Studies) from Trinity College Dublin.
3. Medals & Citations
In addition to the Defence Forces Long Service Medal and the Defence Forces 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal, Col Staunton has been awarded medals for overseas service with UNIFIL, MINURSO, ONUCI, UNTSO and The United Nations Peacekeepers Medal.
4. Other Interest & Family
Col Staunton is interested in all sports, reading and walking. He lives in Sandymount, Dublin City, where he is married to Orla. They have three children, Niamh (22), Cathal (20) and Roisin (18). He is a member of Railway Union Football Club.