Official Department Press Release
Referring to the opening of a Garda recruitment campaign on the 12 December 2013, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today commented on developments to date and reminded potential applicants that the closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on the 9 January 2014.
Speaking on this matter, Minister Shatter said, “I am greatly encouraged by the positive response to the Garda Recruitment Campaign which commenced in December 2013. This is the first recruitment campaign to An Garda Síochána since 2009 and it is recognised by all as being a welcome and important development. To date, approximately 20,000 applications have been received by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) through their website www.publicjobs.ie
“I would like to remind potential applicants that the closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on the 9 January 2014 (next Thursday), and I would strongly encourage all those interested in joining the Garda force to submit their application by that date if they haven’t already done so.
“Over the coming weeks, the Public Appointments Service will begin to process these applications so that new recruits will be able to enter the Garda College later this year. I would like to thank PAS for their work in handling such a large number of applications at this time. “
7 January 2014
Note for Editors
It is expected that successful candidates will enter the Garda College in Templemore in mid-2014. Following the first 32 weeks tuition, there will be a further 72 weeks of on the job experiential learning. On conclusion of the two years training, the Garda member will be awarded a BA in Applied Policing.
The last recruits entered the Garda College in Templemore in May 2009, after which the moratorium on public sector/service recruitment was put in place.