Kelly Welcomes Announcement that 600 new Gardaí Will be Recruited in 2016

Issued : Monday 30 November, 2015

Local TD Alan Kelly and Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government has welcomed the news that 600 new Gardaí will be recruited in 2015. 
Minister Kelly said "A recruitment campaign to recruit 600 Gardai in 2016 has been opened by the Minister for Justice.  The recruits will enter the Garda College in Templemore from mid- 2016. This will bring to a total number of recruits since the embargo was removed to 1,150.
"The existing recruitment campaign (commenced in 2013) is ongoing and successful candidates will continue to be called from that campaign in the New Year. It is expected that successful candidates from the 2016 campaign will enter the Garda College from mid-2016.  
The lifting of the recruitment ban, and continuous recruitment of Gardaí recruits, as well as the recent announcement of the allocation of €5.3 million for a further 260 additional Garda Vehicles is proof that the Government is determined to ensure that the Gardaí have all the necessary tools at their disposal to tackle the scourge of highly-mobile criminal gangs and to disrupt crime, particularly burglaries, across both rural and urban communities.

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