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GARDA RECRUITS BACK AFTER 5YRS; Chief Callinan to announce 100 trainees by summer.

Byline: CATHAL MCMAHON CRIME REPORTER

GARDA recruitment is due to begin today for the first time in five years.

A formal announcement is expected to be made by Commissioner Martin Callinan at a passing out ceremony at the training college in Templemore, Co Tipperary.

Sources believe around 100 recruits will be taken in the first wave of intakes and this will be followed with a second intake of the same number in 2014.

More than 30,000 expressions of interest have been received since 2008. While no formal announcement of the recruit-ment drive has been made Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald yesterday tweeted about the expected move.

She wrote: "Garda recruitment for first time in five years. See details on publicjobs.ie #garda #jobs @gardainfo."

Anyone between 18 and 35 years with a Leaving Certificate can apply. The height requirement has been abolished but applicants must pass a physical competency test. Candidates will first be required to undergo an online aptitude test If they pass they will take a further aptitude test followed by interviews and assessments.

In takes were previously carried out in three-month-waves and sources have suggested Templemore has been put on notice to expect its first recruits in summer. There are now fewer than 13,100 officers, almost 1,600 less than the peak levels of 14,600 just after the recession started.

Commissioner Callinan has insisted he did not want to see strength fall below 13,000.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter secured approval for recruitment from Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin in July. But funding has been stalled until the New Year and numbers in the force have continued to fall.

cathal.mcmahon@irishmirror.ie Recruits complete 32 weeks'
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