TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the news that a further 100 new recruits are due to begin Garda training in Templemore Garda College this December.
This is the second batch of new recruits to begin training this year following the 100 recruits who entered the college on September 15.
“In October I welcomed a commitment in Budget 2015 for new Garda students due to enter Templemore Garda College. This commitment is coming to fruition and we will greet new students on 8th December,” he stated. Previous to this there had not been an intake of students at the college in five years.
“The last intake of new recruits was in May 2009 due to the moratorium, but Fine Gael in Government was determined to recommence recruitment as soon as possible,” said Deputy Coonan. “I spoke personally to my Fine Gael colleague and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald on many occasions regarding the importance of recruitment for Templemore’s economy I will continue to fight for the ongoing vibrancy of our Garda College,” he added.
Last week also saw 67 members of the Garda Reserve Unit graduate in Templemore where they were greeted by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Two of the newly graduated Garda Reserves will be stationed in Roscrea Garda Station and another will be stationed in Nenagh Garda Station.