Templemore has been given a much needed vote of confidence with the news that the Garda College will accept new recruits “as soon as possible.”
The announcement was made by Justice Minister Alan Shatter at a graduation ceremony on Monday. It’s hoped the first new batch of Gardaí will be recruited by early 2014, with a very large number of applications expected later in the year. Deputy Noel Coonan said Minister Shatter has “received sanction from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to begin the process of recruitment to the full-time force.” Minister Shatter “acknowledged that it is very important for an organisation like An Garda Síochána, given the demanding nature of policing, receive a reasonably regular intake of new recruits.
“This is excellent news for Templemore community and I have constantly lobbied my colleague for recruitment to recommence as a matter of urgent priority. The Minister has stated he will not allow the force to drop below 13,000 personnel,” added Deputy Coonan.
Minister Alan Kelly said he had “been working behind the scenes on this for some time, in particular with the Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin who ultimately has to sign off on this expenditure. It would be critical for the town of Templemore, which would benefit economically from the renewal of Garda recruitment in the Garda college.”