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417. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to alter the age requirement for trainee members of An Garda Síochána. [54227/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, recruitment to An Garda Síochána is governed by the Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) Regulations 2013 which provide that the age at which a person may apply to join An Garda Síochána as a full time member is not more than 35 years.
In light of the Garda Inspectorate Report and the more recent Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, it is my intention to review the maximum entry age for recruitment to An Garda Síochána as part of the overall response to the recommendations made in both reports in relation to 'entry routes' to An Garda Síochána.