Justice Minister Announces 200 New Gardaí Recruits

Two hundred new gardaí officers are to be recruited in the next four months, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has announced.

Half of the new recruits are expected to begin their training at Templemore in December, with the remaining 100 to follow in January.

The new recruits will fulfil the government's pledge to hire 300 new officers.

Ms Fitzgerald also announced that €10 million will be spent on new marked patrol cars to increase high visibility policing, alongside €42m for three new divisional headquarters, to be built in Dublin, Galway and Wexford over the next three years.

And an additional €4m will be spent on upgrading Gardaí IT systems.


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