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First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today

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TWENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE are expected to apply for new garda positions announced by the Justice Minister today.

Alan Shatter officially confirmed the recruitment campaign today, calling it an important step for the force.

The first intake, which is understood will include about 100 men and women, will enter the garda college in Templemore in the middle of next year.

The Minister also noted that the development will offer a boost to the Tipperary town.

They will undergo 32 weeks of tuition and a further 72 weeks of on-the-job learning. They will be awarded a BA in Applied Policing when they complete the two-year training programme.

Details of the appointments can be found on and the closing date is 9 January 2014.

Some of the eligibility requirements include passing a physical competence test and a medical exam and the minimum educational attainment is a pass Leaving Certificate.

All successful applicants must also “be of good character” and aged between 18 and 35.

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