Dáil Éireann - Volume 571 - 30 September, 2003
Written Answers. - Garda Recruitment.
Mr. Timmins Mr. Timmins
1099. Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who is interested in applying to the Garda Síochána, but as they were educated in England do not have Irish; if there are courses that this person can take to assist with this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19625/03]
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) Regulations 1988, as amended, govern entry to the Garda Síochána. The regulations provide that in order to be considered eligible for selection as a trainee, an applicant must, in addition to fulfilling other criteria, meet certain minimum educational requirements which include having obtained a prescribed grade in Irish. The regulations also provide for the acceptance of other qualifications which are not of a lower standard than those prescribed. The qualifications of an applicant to the Garda Síochána who was educated in the UK are considered equivalent to those specified under the admissions and appointments regulations provided that the applicant has obtained a particular grade in at least five subjects in the GCSE examination and that these subjects include English, Irish and Mathematics.
In relation to courses a person can take to achieve the educational standard required for entry to the Garda Síochána, I can only suggest that a potential applicant contact the Department of Education and Science or their local VEC for advice and assistance in this regard.
Dáil Éireann 571 Written Answers. Garda Recruitment.