An Garda Síochána has today announced a recruitment
drive to appoint 600 new members in 2016.
"We've always attracted way more applicants than
available positions," Garda Commissioner Nóirín
O’Sullivan said today.
"We want to build on that, attracting people from
every strand of Irish life to help us renew our
culture while retaining our best traditions."
When the moratorium on Garda recruitment ended in
2013 over 24,000 applications were received for an
initial 300 posts. That, according to the
Commissioner, is partly because of the variety of
roles within the service, ranging from community
policing to detective work and forensics.
"I want people of every background, right throughout
the country, to think about joining us and help to
make us a beacon of modern policing," the
As well as the existing force, there are currently
more than 500 trainee gardaí studying for a BA in
Applied Policing. More than 290 of these are
attested and serving in local communities.
An Garda Síochána will be working with the Public
Appointments Service as part of the new recruitment
campaign and will deploy social media and engagement
with representative groups.
Ms O'Sullivan said the new roles would demand "high
standards" and "courage".
"Culture cannot be imposed from the top –we need all
our people to work with us to create an organisation
that attracts and rewards people of the highest
calibre," she added.
Applications to join An Garda Síochána must be made
www.publicjobs.ie . The closing date for
applications is Tuesday, January 5,2016.