Garda recruitment at the Garda College in Templemore will start this September, with 100 new recuits beginning their training.
The news has been welcomed by Minister for the Envirnonment, Alan Kelly, and Fine Gael local TD Noel Coonan.
This marks the first intake of new recruits in five years, with the last being in May 2009.
“The intake in September marks an important step forward, both for the Gardai, for the local community in Templemore, and for the country. This news demonstrates the ongoing commitment of this Government to supporting Garda Síochána in their efforts to keep our communities safe.” said Minister Kelly.
The Minister said that the Garda authorities will shortly contact the first batch of successful candidates to advise them of this offer and to allow them to give adequate notice to deal with any existing commitments they may have.
The new recruits will undergo a training programme developed to reflect the current policing environment and will better prepare them for police life. Following two years’ training, the new gardai will be awarded a BA in Applied Policing, said Minister Kelly.
Meanwhile, Deputy Coonan said he had spoken personally with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on the matter for Templemore Town and its environs.
“Minister Fitzgerald confirmed to me she received sanction from Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, to begin to take new members into the force. The last intake of new recruits was May 2009 due to the moratorium, but Fine Gael in Government is determined to recommencing recruitment as soon as possible within budgetary constraints,” said Deputy Coonan.
“It has been five years since the last round of recruitment. Then, Garda students brightened our town and enhanced the economy in Templemore. September represents an important milestone for Templemore and businesses in the town. It is also an important boost for the Garda force and for public morale and confidence,” saisd Deputy Coonan.
He said that there was a major recruitment overseen by the Public Appointments Service which proved popular with over 20,000 applications.