Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal and member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, Alan Farrell, has congratulated the new intake of 100 Garda recruits who began their training yesterday (Monday).
“For the first time since 2008, new recruits have begun their training at the Garda training college in Templemore. The embargo introduced by the previous government on recruitment for An Garda Síochána has finally been lifted, thus opening the doors for a new generation of Gardaí.”
“In line with our improving economic circumstances, it has been possible for the Government to lift the embargo on Garda recruitment which reiterates this Government’s commitment to supporting members of An Garda Síochána in carrying out their duties. Members of the Garda force carry out vital work in our local communities and, with statistics in 11 of the 14 crime categories having fallen nationally, it is essential that we provide them with the support they require to ensure they can police our local communities effectively. This includes maintaining and enhancing the numbers of Gardaí in the force.”
“The Minister for Justice has made significant progress in reforming An Garda Síochána while further justice reform measures are anticipated during the new legislative term. Furthermore, investment has been made in the maintenance and replenishment of the Garda fleet.”
“I am sure that the 100 new Garda recruits will have a bright future in the force and I wish them the best with their training and future careers. I look forward to meeting some of them when recruits begin to work in stations throughout the country. I will be working very hard with the Minister to ensure that further Garda recruitment will occur which will allow the Garda Commissioner to provide additional resources to Dublin Fingal.”