27 November 2015

Fitzgerald announces opening of Garda recruitment Campaign 2016

600 new Gardaí will be recruited in 2016
Announcement underscores the Government’s commitment to seamless ongoing recruitment to An Garda Síochána
Special selection stream for eligible serving Garda reserve members
Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, has announced the opening of a recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána in 2016.

This new campaign is necessary to fulfil the Government’s commitment to recruit 600 Gardaí in 2016.

Welcoming the new campaign Fitzgerald said: “Today is an important day for An Garda Síochána. It marks the formal announcement on
www.publicjobs.ie of the commencement of the 2016 recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána. It underscores the Government’s commitment to seamless ongoing recruitment to An Garda Síochána to ensure that the Service is renewed and has the capacity to provide effective policing services throughout the country.

“The 600 new Gardaí to be recruited next year will bring to 1,150 the total number of new recruits since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014. So far 295 of these recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and are on the ground in communities nationwide.”

The existing recruitment campaign (commenced in 2013) is ongoing and successful candidates will continue to be called from that campaign in the New Year. It is expected that successful candidates from the 2016 campaign will enter the Garda College from mid-2016.

Fitzgerald said that “The 2016 campaign will, 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.”

“I encourage all those interested in joining An Garda Síochána to access the website of the Public Appointments Service and submit their application at www.
http://www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs.ie. I know that there are many capable and ambitious people in Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Rathcoole, Saggart, Newcastle and Brittas who would make an excellent contribution to the force and I would encourage anyone interested to apply.

“In particular, I urge members of minority and new communities to consider applying so that the membership of An Garda Síochána will reflect the diverse communities that it serves.

“This Government has reopened Templemore after it was closed by the previous Government; €46 million has been allocated for Garda vehicles, many of which will be high-power vehicles for targeted operations; €18 million is being provided for the refurbishment of Garda stations and €205 million has been invested in new technology for An Garda Síochána This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding for the Justice sector.
“It is essential that we keep the recovery going so that we can continue to invest in public services and to provide resources for An Garda Síochána who do such valuable work.”