Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has called for a clearer commitment from the Minister for Justice on the recommencement of garda recruitment.
Deputy Collins was reacting to indications from Minister Shatter that the Garda Training College at Templemore will reopen next year.
“Minister Shatter previously committed to lifting the ban on the recruitment this year but he abandoned that commitment at the first possible opportunity. While his comments today are certainly welcome, I sincerely hope that he really means it this time,” said Deputy Collins.
“We need a clear commitment from Minister Shatter on the numbers of gardaí he intends to recruit. As a result of his u-turn on garda recruitment this year we have lost another valuable year in the garda training process. Over that period more dangerous gaps have emerged in the force at every level and in every part of the country.
“It takes two years under the current system to train new garda recruits. Even if the Minister keeps this latest promise the new recruits won’t be qualified until 2016 and garda numbers will have dropped even lower by that stage. The Minister needs to open recruitment to a sufficient degree so that numbers in the force are brought back up to a safe level.”