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Justice Minister Says Novice Gardaí Are Needed

The Laois-Offaly TD says they'll finish their training after this crisis.

319 new members of the Gardaí will be attested in Tipperary later.

Many of the recruits will be required to go back to Templemore after the Covid-19 emergency is over to complete their training.

However, this cohort will become full members and have full powers of other members of the force.

It brings the total number to over 14,750.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says it is a necessary measure: 

94 new gardaí are being assigned to the eastern region, which includes Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.

While garda members working as tutors or instructors in the Garda College are being redeployed at garda, sergeant and inspector level, with 59 personnel going to the eastern region.

Minister Charlie Flanagan says community engagement is badly needed:

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