Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today announced that the Government is to accelerate the recruitment of Gardaí, with a further 250 recruits due to enter Garda College in 2015.
Two batches of 125 new recruits will be accepted into the Garda Training College in the coming months, bringing to 550 the total number of new Gardaí that will have been recruited obetween 2014 and 2015.
In addition to this, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014 with 370 new Garda vehicles came on stream at the beginning of this year.”
Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen says the announcement is good news for communities in Clare and “a clear demonstration of Fine Gael’s commitment to strengthening the Gardaí”.
“Fine Gael has a proud tradition as the party of law and order. With this recruitment announcement and the substantial investment by this Government in new Garda vehicles, we are ensuring that An Garda Siochána is fully equipped to meet the evolving needs of communities in terms of policing,” added Deputy Breen.
Senator Martin Conway believes it will make a big difference in County Clare. The Ennistymon added “This new recruitment drive will make a real difference to communities in my own constituency of Clare”.