Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, Alan Farrell has congratulated the 100 new Garda recruits who began their training in Templemore today (Monday).
“I am pleased that another intake of recruits has taken place in addition to the 100 recruits who began their training earlier this year. For 5 years, there was no recruitment for An Garda Síochána at all. In line with our improving economic circumstances, the Government was able to lift the embargo introduced by the previous government and restart the recruitment process. A further 100 recruits will start in Templemore College in early 2015.
“In addition to the Garda recruitment which has been taking place, the Minister for Justice also allocated €10 million on Budget day for the procurement of 400 new Garda vehicles. It is essential to ensure that members of An Garda Síochána have the necessary resources to allow them to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. Providing them with such resources, and working to maintain and increase the numbers of Gardaí in the force, will ensure that they can police our local communities effectively.
“In addition to this, 125 Gardaí will be returning to frontline policing due to the civilianisation of Garda immigration functions to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
“I would like to wish the 100 new recruits the best of luck with their training and their future careers in the force. I look forward to meeting some of these recruits when they are posted to stations throughout the country. I will continue to work with the Minister for Justice to ensure that further Garda recruitment takes place as required. Boosting Garda numbers on our streets is one of the most effective deterrents to crime and further recruitment will allow the Garda Commissioner to provide additional resources to Dublin Fingal.”