100 New Garda Recruits Start Training

One hundred new garda recruits have begun their training at Garda College, marking the third intake of new officers in a matter of months.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was at Garda College to welcome the new recruits, along with the Tánaiste, Joan Burton TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD and Garda Commissioner Noírín O'Sullivan.

Following a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities on offer to the recruits, the Taoiseach addressed the recruits.

"I am delighted to see such a large intake of young men and women bringing their talents to An Garda Síochána. The force provides a hugely important public service, policing our cities, towns and villages, preventing and detecting crime, bringing criminals to justice and protecting the Irish public," the Taoiseach said.

"In reassuring the public and addressing crime, we need to have a visible and effective policing service that families, businesses and communities right throughout our State, both urban and rural, can be assured of. I’m proud that, despite the economic crisis we inherited, this Government has placed firm emphasis on strong and efficient policing."


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