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Minister McEntee Welcomes Attestation Of New Garda Members

* 122 Gardaí attested today with a further 26 to attest in the coming weeks

* Minister encourages all those interested in joining An Garda Síochána, and particularly women and those from minority communities, to consider applying in upcoming recruitment competition

The Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD, has welcomed the attestations of 122 members of An Garda Síochána at the Garda College, Templemore, today. The newly attested members have now completed their training and will be placed in Garda Divisions throughout the country. A further 26 trainees are currently restricting movements in line with public health guidelines and will be attested in the coming weeks.

Minister McEntee said: “I wish to commend the newly attested members of An Garda Síochána who, in joining the ranks today, have demonstrated their commitment to providing a trusted and effective policing service that is valued for the public service it provides. The continued and determined response by the members of An Garda Síochána to the COVID-19 pandemic has been exemplary and their dedication to providing a safe and dependable policing service for the people of Ireland during these challenging times is greatly appreciated by us all. In particular, Operation Faoiseamh has actively sought to connect with victims of domestic abuse, who are amongst those who are most vulnerable to the circumstances of the pandemic.”

While recruitment has been impacted over the last two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, this month’s attestations will bring the total number of members of An Garda Síochána to approximately 14,411, a substantial increase from 12,943 Garda members in 2016. A further 235 trainees are currently in training.

Budget 2022 reflects the commitment of Government to ensuring that our communities are safe and that An Garda Síochána has the resources required to operate effectively. The budget provided by Government to the Garda Commissioner continues to increase to unprecedented levels, with an allocation of over €2 billion for 2022. This includes provision for the recruitment of 800 new Garda recruits and 400 Garda staff in 2022 – an additional 1,200 personnel. A new recruitment competition is due to be launched shortly.

The Minister further added, “It is vital that everyone in our society sees members of their own communities serving in An Garda Síochána. I know that the Garda Commissioner and all members of An Garda Síochána are dedicated to increasing diversity within the organisation. 27% of those attesting this week are female while 21 of the Gardaí were born outside the State, including from Poland, Brazil, Ukraine and Lithuania amongst other countries. This is very welcome. The new recruitment campaign provides a very valuable opportunity to further increase diversity within the organisation and I would urge anyone with an interest in joining our national police service – and in particular women and members of minority communities – to consider applying when the competition opens.”

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