Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (194)

Michael Ring

Question:

326 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Finance when the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commission will be recruiting again for the Garda Síochána. [25307/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

It is expected, arising from the Government's recent decision to increase the strength of the Garda Síochána to 14,000, that a new Garda recruitment competition will be advertised in the coming weeks. It is anticipated that the Garda Síochána will be able to take the next intake of trainees to the Garda College from the current panel.

The Deputy may wish to note that following the enactment of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 and the establishment of the Public Appointments Service, PAS, on 19 October 2004, the recruitment will be carried out by the PAS.