Deputy Noel Coonan has described this Monday as a “pivotal day in the history of policing and for Templemore town” when 100 new Garda students entered the Garda College to commence training.
Deputy Coonan warmly welcomed the arrival of the new students, the first batch of recruits to attend the college since the recruitment embargo was put in place in 2009.
“New students are entering the gates of Templemore Garda College for the first time in five years. It demonstrates the ongoing commitment of this Fine Gael-led Government to supporting Garda Síochána following the previous Government’s ban on recruitment,” said Deputy Coonan.
He said the the intake was a vital step forward for the community in Templemore.
“It means so much to the town and will contribute towards a stronger economy in the area. It is also a boost for Garda Síochána nationwide and will revive and strengthen the force. I look forward to an increase in Garda numbers locally in Tipperary, and in Roscrea in particular,” he said.
Deputy Coonan said the recruitment followed a major drive overseen by the Public Appointments Service which proved very popular with over 20,000 applications. It is expected there will be at least one more intake of students between now and Christmas. All in all it is great news for Templemore Garda College, said Deputy Coonan.