Kilkenny/Carlow Division has received 49 new Gardaí since reopening of Garda College

19th January, 2018

The Kilkenny/Carlow Division has been assigned 49 Gardaí since the Garda College in Templemore was reopened by Fine Gael, Carlow TD Pat Deering said.
Deputy Deering said: “The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, has confirmed to me that since the reopening of the Garda College just under 1,600 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide, 49 of whom have been assigned to the Kilkenny/Carlow Division.
“This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime.
“I think this commitment was exemplified locally by the Fine Gael decision to reopen Leighlinbridge Garda Station.
“Across the country Garda numbers, taking account of retirements, increased to 13,552 at the end of 2017 – an increase of over 600 in the last 12 months.
“Under Operation Thor, which commenced in December 2015, Gardai in Carlow have been involved in a broad range of activities to tackle organised crime gangs and other prolific offenders as well as working with communities to prevent crime.
“This comprehensive operation is supported by the enhanced Government investment in Garda resources, combat rural crime such as burglaries, theft of farm and plant equipment, and other crime throughout the country.
“The Programme for Government underlines the need for close engagement between An Garda Síochána and local communities. This is an essential feature of the strong community policing ethos which has long been central to policing in this jurisdiction.
“As part of the overall strategy to oppose criminality, the Garda authorities pursue a range of partnerships with community stakeholders, including the farming organisations,” the Carlow TD said.