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New Garda recruitment campaign to begin tomorrow

Around 20,000 people are expected to apply for the new roles. Minister Alan Shatter is set to give more details on numbers tomorrow.

Updated at 11.09pm

IT’S BEEN CONFIRMED that a new Garda recruitment campaign will begin tomorrow. The news was announced via a message on the website of the Public Appointments Service earlier today:

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Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is expected to give more details when he attends the Garda Reserve Graduation at Templemore tomorrow. The exact number of jobs that will be up for grabs initially has not yet been confirmed.

Shatter announced earlier this year that he would be lifting the recruitment ban for the force, which was introduced as part of a wider public service hiring freeze in the wake of the downturn.

The Public Appointments Service has said it is preparing to receive around 20,000 applications, once the process opens.

Candidates will be asked to complete an online aptitude test, overseen by the PAC, before eventually being sent forward for interview and other assessments.

Hopefuls must be aged between 18 and 35. The height requirement to become a garda has been removed, but candidates must instead complete a physical competency test.

Originally posted at 7.53pm

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