Martin Heydon TD for Kildare South and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party is encouraging anyone with an interest in joining An Garda Siochana to apply for one of the new positions now available. Applications are now being accepted on until Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Welcoming the campaign, Deputy Heydon said: “The mission of An Garda Síochána is to protect and serve, and I encourage all those interested in supporting that mission, to consider applying.

“A career as a Garda is hugely rewarding. It’s one of public service where, every day, members make a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of their communities all across the country.

“An Garda Síochána is an integral part of those communities, where they forge connections which have helped maintain public respect for our policing service. This is a very exciting time for policing in Ireland.”

Minister Flanagan said: “There is a huge opportunity for people who are interested in joining An Garda Síochána to use their many talents to shape this transformation, to contribute to building a modern police service, and to ensure that An Garda Síochána continues to be held in the high esteem that it’s proud tradition deserves.

“The Government is continuing its support for accelerated recruitment which has resulted in 2,600 new recruits attesting as Gardaí since September 2014. Through continuing recruitment, Garda numbers will reach 15,000 in 2021. This ambitious target can only be achieved with a continuous pipeline of suitable candidates. We have started to implement the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland recommendations which will transform and modernise how policing is delivered over the coming years.”