Funding provided for up to 620 garda recruits

Funding is being provided to train up to 620 new garda recruits following an announcement from the government.

As an additional €200 million has been allocated to the justice sector in Budget 2021, Minister Michael McGrath stated that hundreds of new garda civilian posts will be filled.

According to McGrath, the funding will lead to a potential 620 new recruits passing through the system in Templemore.

This means that the garda force could surpass over 15,000 members for the first time.

The funding will also provide recruitment for garda staff for administrative roles, funding for the inquest into the Stardust tragedy, Courts Service Modernisation and funding for Prison Service compensation schemes, funding for the parole board and implementing protections for vulnerable witnesses in sexual offence cases on foot of the O’Malley review.

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