Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Keith Lynch from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:


Keith Lynch

Private (Line)

Defence Forces

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  Keith Lynch
Only enter the Defence Forces if you are willing to commit to it 100% as it is a long tough road which can be extremely rewarding if you fully engage it. Like everything in this life, you get out what you put in.

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250 New Gardai to be Recruited

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250 New Gardai to be Recruited

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

250 New Gardai to be Recruited

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has announced the recruitment of 250 new Gardaí over the next six months. The recruits will enrol in Templemore Garda College in two groups of 125.

Recruitment, according to the Minister is set to begin “over the coming months”. It will bring the total number of new recruits since September last year to 550. Approximately 20,000 people applied for positions in An Garda Síochána when its recruitment campaign began in December 2013. Indications are that recruitment will be from the current pool of applicants in the system. 

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The CareersPortal Team