‘’It is very welcome to hear the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, urging members of minority and new Irish communities to consider a career in An Garda Síochána’, Reuben Hambakachere, Equality Officer for Meath Labour has told Meath Live.
The Minister was announcing a new Garda Trainee Recruitment campaign for early in 2022. The Government has committed to the recruitment of 800 extra Gardaí and 400 Garda staff and the Minister said that the government was committed to increasing diversity within An Garda Síochána.
Hambakachere said: ‘’Ireland is now a very diverse society with people from many different geographic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. The Garda Síochána should reflect that diversity through its ranks in order to be fully representative of the population and in order to enjoy the confidence of all communities.’’
“Members of the Garda Síochána are held in high esteem in Ireland and having more people from diverse backgrounds will help to increase the status of the new communities that have settled and made their lives in Ireland.’’
“But significant work will be needed to ensure that these new communities have the confidence to apply for jobs in the guards. They need to know that they will be welcomed and treated equally and fairly.’’
‘’The Minister should engage directly with the voluntary bodies that represent the wide range of new communities in Ireland in order to establish how best to promote the Garda Síochána as a career option. Not all of these communities have equally positive views of the guards and this is an issue that needs to be addressed frankly and in a positive spirit. Working together, the government and the new communities should be able to make great progress towards making the Garda Síochána a much more inclusive and diverse body of men and women than is currently the case.’