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138. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will confirm, in respect of the panels that were established for the Garda Síochána recruitment campaigns, that all of the candidates in band 1 have now been called and that band 2 candidates will now be called in the next round of recruitment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24109/15]

146. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current position of bands 1, 2 and 3 that were formed in the Garda Síochána recruitment process; in view of the fact the candidates who have already been chosen for recruitment have come from band 1; when it is envisaged that the candidates in band 2 will be informed that they will progress to band 1; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24200/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 146 together.
The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is managing the recruitment process for the Garda Commissioner and I have no direct involvement in the matter. I understand however that PAS is continuing to progress Band 1 through the selection process and interviewing for that group will conclude in August. The names of candidates who qualify through these initial rounds will be forwarded to the Garda Commissioner for further consideration.
Depending on the Commissioner’s recruitment requirements, PAS will revisit those in Band 2 and Band 3, if necessary.