Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (393)

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

393. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his policy in regard to time served in the Garda Reserve when it comes to recruitment to An Garda Síochána; the number of members of the reserve force who have been interviewed for An Garda Síochána; the number that have been successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14713/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Admission and Appointment Regulations provide that, as part of the competitive selection process organised by the Public Appointments Service for full-time membership of An Garda Síochána, "due recognition to any satisfactory service by the person as a reserve member" shall be given to such candidates. This provision was introduced in order to acknowledge the beneficial experience and skills gained by a reserve member and to allow them, at assessments and at interview, the opportunity to highlight that experience and skill. It is important that all persons wishing to join the full time force undergo the same competitive selection and recruitment process. In doing so the integrity of the process is maintained at all stages of the competition.

I am informed that no interviews have yet been held as part of the recruitment process. To date, applicants have completed a number of online assessment tests. Those successful at each stage are called to the subsequent stages of the competition which will ultimately involve further tests, interviews, medical examinations and security checks.