Deputy Noel Coonan welcomed the Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Tánaiste Joan Burton to Templemore’s Garda College this Monday where they met 100 new Garda students.
“The heartbeat is definitely back in Templemore Garda College,” said Deputy Coonan. “There is a very real sense of optimism and enthusiasm in the college this morning between Garda college management, staff, students and An Taoiseach who addressed a packed room of students. Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was also extremely optimistic about the college’s future and the future of our evolving police force,” said Deputy Coonan.
“There is a dynamic training environment in the Garda College which is driving crime prevention and police reform; and there is strong Government support for the workings of the Garda and reforms being introduced.”
In a private meeting between Deputy Coonan, the Taoiseach, Ministers, the Commissioner and Garda management, the Commissioner outlined future additional services they hope to provide at the college such as inter-agency training and various other training programmes.
“This is a special day for the latest 100 students who entered the force today,” continued Deputy Coonan. “They are protectors of the public and their discipline and engagement to the task must be commended. In total, 300 students have entered the college since last September. They will become the guardians of the peace and their enthusiasm about the training programme was evident.
“An Taoiseach has demonstrated his support by coming to Templemore. An Taoiseach said that it sends out a signal of the importance of Templemore nationally. The continued influx of students is vital to Templemore’s economy which will continue to grow as numbers in the college increase. This is also very positive for local employment prospects. Our Fine Gael-led Government is dedicated to delivering the best possible policing service to rival any other force globally,” concluded Deputy Coonan.