Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation by Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD of a recruitment campaign for new Recruit Prison Officers for the Irish Prison Service. This recruitment campaign is the first competition for Recruit Prison Officers to be held for the Irish Prison Service since 2008.

“The Irish Prison Service currently employs approximately 3,200 personnel and successful applicants from this campaign will be included on a panel from which vacancies for Recruit Prison Officer in the Dublin area will be filled.

“This a great opportunity for anyone interested in a new career. The work can be challenging and demanding but is also varied and rewarding. The Tanaiste noted that it is an important job and that prison staff play a special role on behalf of society.

The Prison Service expects to appoint up to 120 Recruit Prison Officers per year over the next 3 years with the first recruits entering the Irish Prison Service College in early 2017. Recruit Prison Officer is the entry level to the Service and following the completion of 3 years’ service and the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC) the new Recruit Prison Officer will be appointed as an Established Prison Officer.

“For information on this campaign, how to apply, the Information booklet and application form, see  Applications can be made up to 28th July 2016 for candidates who are over 18.

“The new staff will ensure that the Irish Prison Service is renewed and has the capacity to continue to provide safe, secure custody and rehabilitation in all prisons throughout the country”.