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New Garda recruitment drive to add 1,600 to the force launched

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The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced the launch of this year’s recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána on www.publicjobs.ie.

Announcing the campaign, Minister Flanagan said:

“I’m very pleased that this latest recruitment campaign is starting today. I’m sure we will get many applications by the deadline on June 6 and I want to wish everyone who applies the best of luck in this competition.

“To give effect to the Government’s commitment to increase the strength of An Garda Síochána to 15,000 members by 2021, the Garda Commissioner has asked the Public Appointments Service to run a new Garda recruitment campaign.

“If you succeed, you will be joining many others on an exciting path.

“A career in An Garda Síochána is a rewarding one of public service with members making a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of the communities they serve on a daily basis.

“Over this year alone, 800 trainees are starting in Templemore. Some are there already – having begun in either January or April, others will start in either July or October of this year.

“While community policing remains at the heart of policing in Ireland the wide range of special units within An Garda Síochána today provide exciting opportunities to specialise in areas such as cybercrime, child protection, counter-terrorism; counter-fraud; international policing and much more.

“I encourage all those interested in supporting the mission of An Garda Síochána to protect and serve to access the website of the Public Appointments Service (PAS) and submit their application at www.publicjobs.ie.

“It is important that An Garda Síochána is reflective of the communities it serves and protects and I urge members of minority and new communities to consider applying to this and future recruitment competitions.

“In recognition of the training undertaken by Reserve members and the contribution they make to policing communities right across the country, the new campaign will again, in addition to an Irish language stream, include a special stream for eligible members of the Garda Reserve who give their time on a voluntary basis to support the work of An Garda Síochána.”

Minister Flanagan continued:

“As to those who start thinking about applying today – I hope many from the Midlands will be among them because those who succeed will be joining a police service that we’re all particularly proud of.”

“A damaging legacy of the economic recession was a reduction in Garda numbers and the closure of the Garda College.

However, since the College was reopened in September 2014, almost 1,770 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to communities nationwide. Another 600 recruits are due to attest later this year which will bring Garda numbers to 14,000, ensuring that the target of 15,000 by 2021 is well on track to be achieved.

“Taking account of projected retirements, reaching a strength of 15,000 by 2021 will require some 1,600 more Garda members to be recruited on a phased basis over the next two years and the Government’s ambitious programme of accelerated recruitment will require a continuous pipeline of suitable candidates.

The Minister concluded: “It is expected that successful candidates from the new campaign will enter the Garda College from quarter 2 in 2019.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.