Reserves on track to reach full strength
The Garda Reserve is on target to reach its intended strength of one-tenth of the full-time organisation by 2012.
This was revealed yesterday by the head of the Reserve, Supt Simon O'Connor, as 84 reservists graduated in front of Commissioner Fachtna Murphy at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.
This brings the number of fully qualified reservists to 707 with a further 100 in training.
Another 40 are about to begin the training programme next week.
Supt O'Connor said it was envisaged that the strength of the part-time group would increase by 300 next year and by a further 300 in 2012, reaching its target of 1,400, which is about one-tenth of numbers in the full-time force.
Nine per cent of the Reserve is made up of foreign nationals and these are drawn from 22 countries.
Among those who graduated yesterday was former Defence Minister Willie O'Dea's press adviser, Suzanne Coogan.