Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (940, 941, 942, 943, 944)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

940. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the criteria applied in relation to the physical competency test aspect of the An Garda Síochána recruitment process, in particular with regard to age and gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34211/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

941. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason An Garda Síochána discriminate on the basis of age and or gender in relation to the physical competency test aspect of the recruitment process when other police services such as Police Scotland and London Metropolitan Police do not; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34212/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

942. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that passed and failed the physical competency test aspect of An Garda Síochána recruitment in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34213/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

943. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the findings of reviews undertaken in relation to the physical competency test aspect of the An Garda Síochána recruitment process; the way in which the physical competency test has changed as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34214/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

944. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if pass and fail rates in relation to the physical competency test aspect of the An Garda Síochána recruitment process are reviewed in advance of the criteria being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34215/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 940 to 944, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy will be aware, Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides that it is the Commissioner who has the responsibility to direct and control An Garda Síochána and to carry on and manage and control generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the recruitment of its members.

An Garda Síochána is governed by the Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) Regulations 2013. The Public Appointments Service (PAS), on behalf of the Garda Commissioner, manages the initial recruitment stages for selection of Garda trainees. The final stages of the recruitment process in which candidates are vetted, and complete a physical competency test and a medical examination, are managed by the Garda Commissioner and as such, I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.

I have requested the relevant information from the Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy directly when I receive it.