By Eoin Kelleher
TEMPLEMORE’S Garda Training College has been given a much needed boost of confidence following assurances by Justice Minister Alan Shatter at a passing out parade of new Garda Reserve Recruits on Monday.
Last year, what was reported to be the final group of 126 student Gardai graduated from the Garda College. With no new Garda students in training due to the moratorium on recruitment, there were fears for the future of the Garda College, and its impact on Templemore. On Monday, Minister Shatter said the College would continue to be “primary training centre for recruit and serving Gardaí with 15,000 training days taking place there last year solely for the Garda organisation.”
Deputy Noel Coonan TD welcomed the announcement. “Minister Alan Shatter and I were attending a graduation ceremony of the Garda Reserve on Monday morning when the Minister moved to reassure all those present that, despite reports to the contrary, this first-rate College is the primary national training centre for An Garda Siochana and will continue to be so into the future. These assurances were reiterated to both the Mayor of Templemore Cllr. Maura Byrne and I during a meeting with the Minister and Garda Management on the same morning. Garda Reserve training continues to take place ensuring the College is well utilised on a continuous basis and this is a matter of great importance for both the Minister and I,” added Deputy Coonan. “The Minister also said that both he and the Commissioner will ensure that all things being considered, the maximum amount of resources are made available to the Gardaí and that optimum use is made of these resources. The Garda Reserve is going from strength to strength now with over 1,000 members. The 97 Reserves who graduated were congratulated on their achievements and thanked for their dedication,” said Deputy Coonan.
At the passing out ceremony, Minister Shatter said that, since its establishment, the Garda Reserve has been of great benefit to An Garda Síochána. “This comes with responsibilities,” he told the new recruits. “You now belong to a Force with a long and proud tradition - a tradition of upholding the law of the land without fear or favour. This force has been in existence since the foundation of this state. It has served the citizens of this country well by upholding the law and protecting the most vulnerable in this country.
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