Deputy Noel Coonan has received further information from his colleague and Justice Minister Alan Shatter that the formal commencement of the recruitment process is expected to get underway in September, with the first students entering the Garda College in Templemore in mid-2014.
“This announcement has been widely welcomed by the people of Templemore and we hope it is the start of an upturn in the economy for the town and its environs. I want to compliment the entire management and staff of the Garda College and Superintendent Pat McCabe for their enterprise and for keeping the college alive during the lean periods in the last number of years. I hope it is the first of a number of positive developments for the Garda College as it prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening on February 14th 1964,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Minister Alan Shatter has told me there is already a considerable level of interest with approximately 27,000 individuals having already registered an interest and it is expected that these numbers will increase before the competition is advertised. The Minister has been in touch with the Public Appointments Service who will once again be organising and running this competition on behalf of the Garda Commissioner.
“In his update, the Minister said one issue of particular concern for some people may be the question of what will happen to the existing panel. In this context, a review of the training for recruit Gardaí has been completed and a revised training programme has been introduced in the Garda College.
“In light of this and in view of the fact that the existing Garda recruitment panel is now approximately five years old, this panel will not be used in this or any future recruitment. People on the panel may, of course, re-apply to join the Garda Síochána once they meet the eligibility criteria,” said Deputy Coonan.