State Begins Hiring New Gardai

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State Begins Hiring New Gardai

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04:24 12 Dec 2013


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For the first time in five years, the state is hiring new Gardai.

The Justice Minister says he expects 20,000 people to apply for just 300 positions.

Since the public sector hiring freeze came in in 2009, the number of officers in the force has dropped below 13-thousand.

The Justice Minister had previously flagged that the jobs embargo would be lifted next year -

But today he's confirmed that 300 people will be taken on in 2014, with the first lot of trainees expected in July.

They will be assigned to Garda stations with full policing powers after 8 months

Anyone hoping to join the Boys in Blue, can apply through the publicjobs.ie web site - the deadline's the 9th of January.

Minister Alan Shatter says there's been a surge of bids so far.

Meanwhile, 93 Garda reserves have graduated from the Training College in Templemore today.

The 71 men and 22 women include people from Ireland, Ukraine and Poland.


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