Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (467, 473, 486)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

467. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason candidates who have been on a Garda recruitment panel for years will have to reapply and start from scratch when the force seeks new members; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12581/13]

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Michael McCarthy

Question:

473. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will advise on a recent statement he made in which he signalled his intention to disband the Garda recruitment panel in view of the fact that it was five years old; the way this will affect a person who has only been on the panel three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12671/13]

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Niall Collins

Question:

486. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if candidates who sat and passed the aptitude test, interview, medical examination and physical assessment for entry into the Garda between August 2008 and July 2009 and were placed on the panel for entry into Templemore will have to reapply for the 2013 competition in view of his statement that a recruitment campaign will open shortly. [13008/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 467, 473 and 486 together.

As I have already indicated, I intend bringing proposals to Government shortly in relation to the strength of the Garda Síochána and when recruitment might recommence. While no decision has been taken in relation to the recruitment panel created as a result of the last recruitment process, that fact that this panel is now approximately five years old gives rise to significant issues which will have to be taken into account.