Wednesday, July 17th 2013
Jones welcomes recruitment of new Gardaí

Fine Gael Councillor George Jones has welcomed the announcement by Justice Minister Alan Shatter that recruitment to An Garda Siochána is to recommence shortly, with the recruitment of new full-time members to the force. Cllr Jones said the recommencement of recruitment will strengthen the core of the local Garda service and ensure the force is adequately equipped to deal with the needs and demands of the community.

“Fine Gael has always valued law and order and An Garda Siochana. I’m delighted that recruitment of full-time members to An Garda Siochana is set to recommence. As we are all aware, availability of funding across the public sector has been, and remains, severely limited. However, the Minister recognises the need to ensure that An Garda Síochána is provided with sufficient resources to enable them provide an effective and efficient policing service.
“Given that there has been no recruitment to the ranks in recent years, flexibility in the allocation of Gardaí and vehicles has been paramount to ensure that the needs of local communities remain protected. These moves were essential to ensure that policing is prioritised under constrained budgetary circumstances.
“In 2012, €3 million was allocated to the Gardaí to ensure their fleet of vehicles was kept up to date, and to allow older vehicles to be replaced. This year, a further €5 million has been allocated for the same purpose.
“I’m very pleased to see that Minister Shatter has received sanction from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, for the recommencement of Garda recruitment. I believe that during this round of recruitment, a good mix of Garda Reserve and ordinary members of the public should be recruited to ensure an open and more diverse police force.
“Arrangements are now being put in place by Minister Shatter with the Commission for Public Service Appointments so that the necessary preparations can commence for the large number of applications expected.
“The nature of policing is very demanding, and the delivery of the Garda service and prevention and detection of crime remains of utmost importance. I’m delighted to see that Garda recruitment will be proceeding once again as it will certainly help to ensure the safety of our communities,” Fine Gael Councillor George Jones concluded.

Cllr George Jones
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