The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell, today welcomed the commencement of a recruitment campaign for a Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Communications in An Garda Síochána, and announced that the Government has approved his proposal to increase the Garda civilian support staff by a further 300. 

The additional 300 administrative support staff being announced today will support the redeployment of uniformed Gardaí to outdoor operational duties outside the Greater Dublin area.

Making the announcement the Tánaiste said: "An Garda Síochána is one of the key organisations in the State, and one which has so many decent, dedicated and capable men and women. They are entitled to the fullest possible range of support including civilian support staff at all levels which frees them to use their skills and experience on operational policing duties.

The commencement of the Garda civilian senior executive recruitment campaign and the substantial increase in civilian support staff for An Garda Síochána reiterates the Government's ongoing commitment to modernising the Force and redeploying desk-bound Gardaí."

These are in addition to creation last December of an additional 300 clerical officer posts to release Gardaí  to operational duties in the Dublin region. Since then considerable progress has been made in the deployment of these staff.

Progress in filling these posts is being monitored by the Civilianisation Verification Group which has overall responsibility for monitoring progress in relation to the recruitment of civilians and the release of Gardai to operational duties.  The Group includes representatives of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, the Garda Síochána and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. 

10 May 2007