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Friday 22 September 2017

Freeze on Gardai recruitment to be ended

Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has again said there will be new recruits to An Garda Siochana, but has not said how many or when recruitment will begin.

Recruitment to the force has been suspended because of the wider public sector recruitment ban, but Mr Shatter says fresh blood is needed.

The minister has mentioned this on numerous occasions in the past few months, but there is no indication of when recruitment will start or how many will be hired.

"I do believe that it is important for an organisation such as the Garda Síochána to have some regular intakes of new recruits, even if on a modest scale," Mr Shatter told the Oireachtas Justice Committee.

"I am currently engaged in discussion with my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, to see how this aim can best be progressed.

"Clearly, the numbers of serving Garda personnel and civilian staff impact on the payroll bill and any resumption of Garda recruitment would have financial implications that must be managed within the overall resources available to Government."

Irish Independent

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