Tuesday 24 April 2018

'If I put my dog in a kennel it would cost more than €13 a night' - Fury at low rent paid for trainee gardaí

Garda Training College in Co Tipperary
Garda Training College in Co Tipperary
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The garda training college has been accused of being “stingy” after it emerged householders are paid just €13 a night to put up trainee officers from Templemore.

One homeowner has contacted Independent.ie to say that she feels the amount paid is not fair and is not in line with market rates.

According to the landlord, who asked not to be named, the garda training college pays local homeowners €13 a night to provide a bed for the trainee gardaí.

The students spend five nights a week in the residences, meaning that the homeowners are paid a total of €65 per week.

The cash is usually paid as a lump sum.

“It’s great value for the students but not good for the homeowners. For as long as I can remember that is how much the college has paid.

“We are hearing all these stories about a rental crisis and then you have the garda college paying just €13 a night.

“If I was putting a dog into a kennel for the night it would cost me at least €15.”

Garda recruitment stopped in 2009 but was restarted again in 2014.

Since then there have been several phases of new officers who have passed through the Templemore. Such is the demand that the college is unable to house everyone on site.

Instead the recruits are provided with beds in the nearby town.

The homeowner confirmed that locals were delighted when students returned to the college but are becoming increasingly frustrated at the poor prices offered by the college. 

“You have to provide an individual room with clean bed clothes. We provide facilities for them to cook but they get their food at the college anyway.

“That also includes electricity, cleaning facilities and almost all of the houses would have wifi.”

A spokesman for An Garda Siochana said: "The accommodation requirement was advertised locally outlining the terms and conditions (including rates).

"Applications homes were checked for suitability following which students were allocated to homes based on accommodation needs. The rate, as advertised, is €65 per week, for 5 nights, per student, for room with meals being provided at the Garda College."

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