Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the decision made by Justice Minister Alan Shatter that Garda recruitment has officially recommenced and people can apply on publicjobs.ie
This is the first time recruitment has taken place in Templemore since 2009.
Deputy Coonan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter attended a passing-out ceremony for Garda Reserves in Templemore Thursday morning where the Minister confirmed applications are now being accepted from suitably qualified persons, including eligible members of the Garda Reserve, by the Public Appointments Service through their web site.
“This is a massive and significant boost for businesses, retailers and accommodation providers in Templemore town. Our economy will flourish and I want to thank my colleague for listening to my pleas to recommence recruitment as soon as possible for the betterment of the town and the country. It will bring stability to the college, ensure its future and give security of tenure to the workforce there,” said Deputy Coonan.
“I also want to acknowledge the trojan work done by Superintendent Pat McCabe and the Management of the Garda College who have shown great initiative and kept the college busy.
“This is a very important decision as almost 30,000 people have expressed an interest in the recruitment process. It is expected that new recruits will enter the Garda college no later than 1st July, when they will embark on a progressive new training course.
Deputy Coonan highlighted this Government’s commitment to effective policing and getting the country back on track.
“We have come a long way since the times of the last Government when Fianna Fáil, supported by the Independents, had no control over finances. It has been a long road with another huge milestone taking place when we exit the EU/IMF bailout on Monday. This is an important step on Ireland’s road to economic recovery and the milestone has been reached because of the patience and resilience of the Irish people who have endured very tough and painful measures.”