Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has been allocated an extra €89 million in Budget 2016. €67 million of the funding is earmarked for new Garda Recruits, surveillance, special operations and targeted, intelligence-led policing.
Making the announcement Minister Fitzgerald said: “The past 48 hours have been a dark period for An Garda Síochána and highlights the dangerous work that the men and women of the force carry-out every day in the service of their communities and their country.
“As Minister I have been committed to ensuring that our Gardaí are supported, resourced and equipped to deliver an effective policing service for the 21st century and to tackle the realities of crime in our communities, both urban and rural.”
Recruiting More Gardaí
Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the total allocation of €1.5 billion for An Garda Síochána in 2016, which includes over €67 million in additional funding.
The Minister has announced that the budget allocation will allow the recruitment of 600 new Gardaí in 2016 in addition to the 550 Gardaí recruited since September 2014.
Minister Fitzgerald added: “The ongoing recruitment of new Gardaí is crucial for An Garda Síochána and for the safety of communities throughout Ireland. This Government reopened the Garda College Templemore in 2014 and with this budget allocation today we are delivering on our promise to ensure it won’t close again.”
Full details of the Budget allocation for the Justice Sector is available here
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