Major New Garda Recruitment Campaign Underway

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A major new recruitment campaign by An Garda Siochana is underway with significant changes to the campaign.

The age limit to apply to be a Garda trainee increased from 35 years to 50 years(Retirement age is 60) and new recruits will be paid a training allowance of €305 per week for the 34 week training period in Templemore  Garda College.

On successful completion of the programme new Garda can expect a starting salary of €35,000 and when combined with shift allowances an increase of 20% in pay is to be expected.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is calling for people from all background and communities to apply to become a Garda.  An Garda Síochána also hopes to attracting candidates working in police services abroad and from other careers. 

The Garda Recruitment Competition is now open and will run until 3pm on 8 February 2024.  Candidates can apply at

There are a number of stages in the recruitment process including an online test, medical assessment, a fitness test and Garda vetting.  Successful applicants could expect to begin formal training 5 to 6 months after the application deadline.