Coonan and Kelly welcome decision to recruit extra 250 gardai

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The news that 250 extra Garda recruits are to be trained at the Garda College is Templemore has been welcomed by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan

The news that 250 extra Garda recruits are to be trained at the Garda College is Templemore has been welcomed by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan

Deputy Coonan has welcomed the announcement that Garda recruitment will advance in 2015 with two batches of 125 new students entering Templemore’s Garda Training College in the coming months.

He said this is more good news not only for Templemore Town and the economy here, but also for County Tipperary, and, indeed, the greater economy.

“A further 250 recruits will enter Templemore’s Garda College this year. This will bring to 550 the total number of new gardaí that will have been recruited by this Government between September 2014 and 2015. On any given week there are an additional 100-plus guards in the college, alongside the 300 new students that have been recently recruited, and they are attending in-service, promotion or retirement courses or other specialist courses. This brings even more life to the college and Templemore town,” said Deputy Coonan.

“There is no doubt Fine Gael is committed to strengthening the Gardaí,” he said, adding that Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald had reiterated this dedication on numerous occasions in Templemore.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was the first Taoiseach to ever visit the Garda College when he visited the establishment in February in the company of Deputy Coonan to welcome the latest batch of 100 Garda students.

Meanwhile, Minister Kelly said: “A total of 550 Gardaí will have been recruited by this Government between September 2014 and 2015. This is in addition to the €27.5m invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, marking a massive increase on the €4.8m provided for in Budgets 2009-2011. The latest 370 new Garda vehicles have come on stream since the start of this year. This announcement also comes as extremely positive news for the town of Templemore.”