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The Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan addressed the first group of students who arrived at the Garda College Templemore since 2009.  Picture Liam Burke Press 22

The Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan addressed the first group of students who arrived at the Garda College Templemore since 2009. Picture Liam Burke Press 22

The Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan addressed the first group of students who arrived at the Garda College Templemore since 2009. Picture Liam Burke Press 22

The majority of students to begin training in the Garda College are aged between 21 and 25 years of age.

The new recruits, the first group in the college since 2009, were today addressed by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan.

The 100 students range in age from 20 to 33, with the top three ages represented being 21, 23 and 25.

The group is made up of 18 females and 82 males, with 24 former Garda Reserve members included.

The BA in Applied Policing will be ‘rigorous training’ for the recruits, Director of Training and Development in An Garda Siochana said today.

“"The rigorous training that the students will be facing will equip them with the tools they need to provide the professional, efficient policing service that is expected by Irish communities today,” Chief Superintendent Anne-Marie McMahon said.

“Our training programme has been updated to focus on problem solving, and reflects the daily duties and responsibilities of Gardai. It will ensure that the students will be trained to a standard befitting a 21st century police service,” she continued.

The students are all Irish citizens while there are two students with current addresses outside of Ireland in Suffolk and London.

Students with degrees in law, business, social studies, engineering and sociology and masters in Criminology and Human Rights in Criminal Justice are included in the group.

Some had been working as engineers, fitness instructors, psychiatric nurses, carpenters and plumbers.

There are both senior and minor camogie and football players represented also.

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