Gardai to recruit 600 new officers

600 new Gardai are to be recruited
600 new Gardai are to be recruited

The Gardai are to recruit 600 new officers in a major new campaign.

In a press release today, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan spoke of the desire for the new recruits to represent a broad cross section of Irish society.

"We've always attracted way more applicants than available positions," Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said today. "We want to build on that, attracting people from every strand of Irish life to help us renew our culture while retaining our best traditions.

"When I joined An Garda Síochána in 1981, I was one of a tiny minority of women," the Commissioneradded. "Now, over a quarter of Gardaí are women. I hope that trend continues, just as I hope we get lots of applications from every strand of Irish society. Why? Because we are of the community and should reflect the changes in our communities. We already have different nationalities and backgrounds represented in An Garda Síochána, but not enough. I want people of every background, right throughout the country, to think about joining us and help to make us a beacon of modern policing."

When the moratorium on Garda recruitment ended in 2013 over 24,000 applications were received for an initial 300 posts.

A large number are also expected to apply this time around.

Applications to join must be made through  

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 5th January 2016.