Written Answers. - Garda Síochána Recruitment Competition.

511.

asked the Minister for Justice the total number of applications received for admission to the Garda Síochána in 1983; the number who passed the examination and were called for interview; the number who passed the interview and have since been called for medical examination; the number who passed the medical examination and have since been called for training; when the remainder of those who passed both the examination, interview and medical examination will be called for training; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

512.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of applicants for admission to the Garda examination at the examination of 17 February 1983; the number who qualified as a result of interviews, the results of which were made know in July 1983; the number of those that have since been called for medical examination and training; when the remainder of those qualified will be called; and if he is satisfied that all those who have qualified as a result of the last interview will be called.

Limerick East): I propose to take Questions Nos. 511 and 512 together.

Records are kept in a form which relates to competitions rather than calendar years. The tabular statement which follows sets out particulars in relation to the number of applications received for the 1983 recruitment competition; the number who passed the qualifying examination; the number called for interview; the number successful at interview; the number called for medical examination and, where appropriate, oral Irish test; and the number appointed to date.

Present plans are to appoint approximately 200 more recruits during 1984 but the precise numbers will depend on the level of vacancies arising from resignations, retirements and deaths during the year. No decision has been made at this stage as to the total number to be appointed from the 1983 competition or the length of time the lists of qualified candidates will last, but the matter is at present under review in consultation with the Garda authorities.

Following is the statement:

1983 Garda Recruitment Competition

No. of applications

9,101

No. who passed qualifying examination

1,935

No. called for interview

6,717*

No. successful at interview

2,931

No. called for medical examination etc.

754

No. appointed to date

487

*Includes 4,782 who were exempted from the qualifying examination by virtue of their Leaving Certificate Results.

Note: Details in relation to specialist competitions such as those for Bandsmen and Radio Technicians are not included in the above figures.