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2019 Garda Recruitment Campaign *CLOSED*

An Garda Síochána's 2019 recruitment campaign is open, with a special focus on attracting candidates of diverse backgrounds and skillsets

2019 Garda Recruitment Campaign *CLOSED*

The 2019 Garda Trainee recruitment campaign is now open for applications . For 2019, 600 applicants will be taken on as Garda Trainees, with 800 more places to follow in 2020. The closing date this year is 3pm Wednesday 24th of April, 2019.

An Garda Síochána is the national police and security service of Ireland. Its mission is to deliver professional policing and security services with the trust, confidence and support of the people they serve.

An Garda Síochána is looking for those who are interested in making a difference in their community. Those in the Garda Reserve, Reserve Defence Forces, Civil Defence and any other voluntary organisations are encouraged to apply.

As part of their "The Difference is You" campaign, they will also be looking for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and skillsets, in the interest of the police force reflecting the diversity of Irish society. The recruits should be "diverse not only in gender and ethnicity, but also in socio-economic, educational and geographical background." An Garda Síochána welcomes those from all religious backgrounds and will consider alterations to the Garda uniform to take religious and ethinic requirements into account, but this will be subject to operational, health and safety requirements.

The Role

The role includes, but is not limited to the following functions:

  • Ensuring our nation’s security;
  • The prevention and detection of crime;
  • Enhancing community safety;
  • Reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety;
  • Working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour;
  • Promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life.


Applicants must be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age on midnight of the 24th of April, 2019. Therefore, you must have been born between 25th April 1984 and 24th April 2001.

To be eligible for selection as a Trainee, applicants must:
  • Be of good character
  • Be in good health
  • Be physically fit
  • Be an EU national, or a national of the EEA or Swiss Confederation, or a refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996, or have been resident in the state for one continous year on the closing date of the advertisment, with 4 years total residence within a period of 8 years, or have been granted subsidiary protection, or be a family member of such a person, in compliance with the Admissions and Appointments Regulations, 2013.


Candidates must by the closing date have achieved one of the following:

(a) Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade D3 in five subjects at Ordinary Level (Applicants who completed the Leaving Cert in 2017 and beyond must meet the grade equivalent under the current Leaving Cert. grading system.)


(b) A Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ),


(c) A recognised qualification (at Level 5 or greater), comparable to the above as determined by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


(d) Proven proficiency in two languages one of which must be Irish or English (i.e. have the relevant grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate; or for English or Irish through assessments as set out by the Public Appointments Service.

Further Information

Candidates should read the full and detailed application criteria. This is available to read on www.publicjobs.ie, click here

Entrants to An Garda Síochána undertake the BA in Applied Policing (D-157) at the Garda College in Templemore. This is a 2-year programme.

How to apply

Application is made online via PublicJobs.ie. Closing date for applications Wednesday 24th of April, 2019.

To receive notification of Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns as they arise you can register as a member of Public Jobs.

To find out more about the a career in An Garda Síochána, including video interviews with gardai and trainee gardai, click here.

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