01 April 2015

250 Additional Garda Recruits Announced

Fitzgerald Announces 250 Additional Garda Recruits

· Two batches of 125 new recruits to enter Garda College in July & October

· 550 Gardaí will have been recruited by this Government between September 2014 & October 2015

Local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald today announced a planned recruitment of the next 250 new Gardaí.

Fitzgerald said “I am pleased that we are able to further increase recruitment of Gardaí into Templemore. This shows the ongoing commitment of Government to supporting Garda Síochána in their efforts to keep our communities safe.

“In September 2014, the Government oversaw the first recruitment of new Gardaí since 2009. We reopened Garda College in Templemore and committed to not letting it close again.

"To date 300 new recruits have entered Garda College, with the first of these to join the force as sworn members in May. I promised seamless ongoing recruitment and today I am happy to confirm recruitment of a further 250 new Gardaí over coming months.

“The additional recruitment will bring to 550 the total number of Gardaí that will have been recruited by this Government between September 2014 & October 2015. This is in addition to the €27.5 million invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 & 2014, marking a massive increase on the €4.8 million provided for in Budgets 2009-2011.”

Fitzgerald also commended members of the Garda Síochána for continuing to provide an admirable policing service to our communities. “I would like to place on record my appreciation to all members of the force for the work that they carry out on a daily basis in maintaining safe communities across the country.”