What's involved in the process of qualification
THE garda recruitment process involves three stages that include a verbal evaluation, a written communication exercise, an interview with the public appointments service, medical examination and physical ability test.
The final stage will also include an interview with the local garda sergeant and superintendent.
Educational requirements include certain minimum grades in the Leaving Certificate in maths, two languages, of which one must be English or Irish, and at least two other subjects. The height requirement has been scrapped and replaced by a physical competency test.
Candidates must be aged between 18 and 35 years.
Medical conditions, which could prove to be an obstacle, include defective vision or hearing, hypertension, being overweight, varicose veins, dental decay and excessive protein, which could be a symptom of kidney disorder.
Basic training is divided into five phases and lasts two years. Students initially spend two years at the Garda College in Templemore, followed by 24 weeks at local stations.