Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Justice and Law Reform, has announced the commencement of a new Garda recruitment campaign.

The Minister said that today the recruitment campaign would commence in a matter of weeks. The Public Appointments Service, on its website www.publicjobs.ie, has advertised for those interested in becoming Gardaí to register their interests.

The Minister said: "I indicated recently that a new Garda Recruitment campaign would be needed this year. I am pleased to state that my colleague the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan TD, has given his approval for this. This campaign will establish a panel of approved candidates who will be available for ongoing recruitment into the Garda College as trainees. Trainees will subsequently be taken into the College as needed so that Garda strength is maintained at the approved level.

Maintaining Garda operational strength is my absolute priority, and I am very pleased that we are making the necessary preparations now so that this can be achieved."

4 June 2010