Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the surprise announcement by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that he is to instruct for the recommencement of Garda recruitment at Templemore Garda Training College. The Minister has admitted however that as of yet there is no time frame for the process to begin. Minister Shatter says he is in negotiations with the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin to hire new officers on a modest scale and ensure the force stays above 13,000:
“As I have said on many occasions previous to this, the safety and wellbeing of our people and communities should never have been subordinated to meeting unrealistic targets and expectations set by the troika or the IMF. This announcement goes some way toward trying to undo some of the less helpful measures that the Minister and his Department have sought to implement over the last year in particular. To that extent I hope he can continue down the path of bringing the Garda force back up to a strong and sustainable number. We cannot afford to have anything less,” concluded Deputy McGrath.