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Three Laois Gardai among 165 new recruits who pass out from Templemore

Garda Stephanie Carter and Paul O'Flynn

165 Gardaí were attested as sworn members of An Garda Síochána at a ceremony in Templemore College last week.

Of those, three hail from county Laois. The first of these is Paul O’Flynn.

A native of Courtwood, O’Flynn has played football for Laois at minor and U-20 level in the past.

While the second is Stephanie Carter who hails from Ballyroan. A third Garda from Laois did not wish to be named.

These newly attested 165 members of An Garda Síochána were recruited as part of the 2022 recruitment campaign.

The new Gardaí commenced their Garda training in July 2023, and have undertaken a blend of on-line learning, on-site learning in the Garda College, and experiential learning in training Garda stations.

During their training these new Probationer Gardaí observed and assisted at Fatal Road Traffic Collisions, major crime investigations, drug seizures, on duty in Dublin during Serious Public Order Incident in November 2023 and helped citizens in need at their most vulnerable.

These 165 newly sworn Gardaí will now take on operational responsibilities.

Speaking at the attestation, Commissioner Drew Harris welcomed the new Garda probationers.

He said: “An Garda Síochána is built upon the hard work, dedication and commitment given by its Gardaí and its staff.

“As one of the most trusted police services in the world, the vast majority of people believe An Garda Síochána delivers a good service.

“And most people have few concerns about crime in their local area.

“These significant achievements have been possible by the foundations laid by others who have passed through this college and stood where you are today.

And from today you will join them and strengthen this fine organisation.

“Of course having the right supports to do your job is also important. Enhanced personal safety equipment has recently been introduced.

“This has included the roll-out of stronger incapacitant spray. And our public order units will soon be provided with tasers, and smaller riot shields.

“An Garda Síochána also continues to invest in technology to support and protect front-line Gardaí.

“You will have already received our world-leading mobility device and this will greatly assist you and enable you to spend more time on patrol.

“While the introduction of Body Worn Cameras will enhance Garda safety.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for choosing a career in An Garda Síochána.”

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