Written Answers. - Garda Recruitment.

Alan Shatter

Question:

909 Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Garda personnel recruited in each of the past three years; and the number of gardaí who have retired in each of the past three years. [19961/00]

The total number of Garda personnel recruited and retired in the last three years is as set out hereunder:

Year

Recruited

Retired

1997

616

257

1998

550

266

1999

550

241

In 1999, an additional 20 telecommunications technicians were recruited under Regulation 14 of the Admissions and Appointments Regulations, 1988.