Ten new gardai allocated to Kildare

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Paula Campbell

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Ten new gardai allocated to Kildare

Kildare will be allocated ten new Garda recruits in Kildare, five in the south and five in the north.

150 new Gardai passed out from Templemore on Thursday.

Kildare south TD Martin Heydon said the new Gardai will be assigned to the South of the County and five to Kilcock.

The Government has in place a plan to achieve an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians.

In 2017, funding has been provided for the recruitment of 800 Garda recruits and up to 500 civilians to support the wide ranging reform plan in train in An Garda Síochána.

“Taking account of projected retirements, reaching a strength of 15,000 will require some 3,200 new Garda members to be recruited on a phased basis over the next four years in addition to the 1,200 that will have been recruited by the end of this year since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014,” said Deputy Heydon.

“Since the reopening of the Garda College in 2014, 534 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide. 25 of these have already been assigned to the Kildare Division. The additional 150 new Gardai who passed out yesterday now bring Garda numbers close to 13,000 by the end of this year. “