Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Questions (532)

David Stanton

Question:

532. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Justice her plans to amend the upper age limit for new recruits to An Garda Síochána in view of the increased recruitment drive announced in budget 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31490/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

An Expert Review Group has been established to examine the issue of Garda Recruitment, Entry Pathways and Recruit Education. This is a commitment under A Policing Service for the Future, the Government’s Implementation Plan for the recommendations in the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. The Group will examine a variety of matters including the age of recruitment to An Garda Síochána. The Group operates in an advisory capacity and will submit a report to the Garda Commissioner within 12 months. My Department is also studying a recent Workplace Relations Commission decision (awaiting publication) in relation to the entry age into An Garda Síochána and will engage further with the Garda authorities in this regard.