Thursday 18 January 2018

Garda job applications close at midnight

People interested in joining that Gardai have until midnight to submit applications
People interested in joining that Gardai have until midnight to submit applications

If you see yourself as a Garda you only have until midnight tonight to get your application in.

This is the first recruitment drive for members of the Garda Siochana since 2009 and around 20,000 people have already applied since the drive opened on December 12th.

People interested in a career with the Garda Siochana will have to wait until the next recruitment drive if they don't get application in by tonight and there is no set date or year for when that may be, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice.

An official figure of how many jobs will be provided has not yet been released, but it's believed to be around 300 jobs, with successful candidates entering the Garda college in Templemore in the middle of this year, where they will have 32 weeks of tuition.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said he was "greatly encouraged" by the positive reaction to the recruitment drive, calling it a "a welcome and important development".

"I would strongly encourage all those interested in joining the Garda force to submit their application by [tonight] if they haven't already done so," he said.

"Over the coming weeks, the Public Appointments Service will begin to process these applications so that new recruits will be able to enter the Garda College later this year. I would like to thank PAS for their work in handling such a large number of applications at this time. "

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