Templemore Garda College will continue to serve Templemore, North Tipperary and the ranks of An Garda Síochana long into the future, Junior Minister Alan Kelly said at a graduation ceremony for Garda Reserve recruits last week.
Deputy Kelly said had received a reassurance from the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, that Templemore Garda College still had a bright future despite the lack of Garda recruitment.
“It’s time to put this issue to bed once and for all. Contrary to some recent reports, there is absolutely no question that this college is going to close down due to lack of Garda recruitment. It also provides a huge variety of training to members of every rank – and that work will continue. This college is, and will remain, an integral part of the institutions of the Garda force nationally. It will diversify its work and complement the work that is ongoing. It will also offer some services to other state agencies,” he said.
The North Tipperary / South Ofaly TD said that the staff and management at Templemore Garda College did excellent work as custodians of such a fine facility and had a history of producing members of an Garda Siochana that operated to the highest professional standards despite their job becoming more and more difficult.
“They are to be congratulated for the excellent job they are doing,” he said.
“A huge amount of economic activity in Templemore comes from having the Garda College here.
“There are world class facilities here, and I will continue to work with Minister Shatter to make sure that these facilities are used to both the maximum benefit of the Garda force and for the people of the Templemore and North Tipperary,” said Deputy Kelly.
The reassuarance was welcomed by Templemore Mayor Cllr Jim O’Shea, who told the Tipperary Star that he welcomed the commitment to retain the college.
“While I welcome Deputy Kelly’s confirmation, it is not all of what we want,” he said. “Hopefully, the college will expand into the future.”