Forty three members of the Travelling group had been among the many 11,000 individuals who utilized to hitch the gardaí in its newest recruitment marketing campaign.
This yr’s marketing campaign goals to recruit 800 gardaí, notably from numerous backgrounds. In line with figures launched by Garda Headquarters, whereas white Irish nonetheless make up a big majority of candidates (8,570 of these of declared their ethnicity had been white Irish), the variety of candidates from numerous backgrounds has been rising.
Twenty three per cent of candidates this yr who declared an ethnicity had been from non-white Irish backgrounds, up from 12 per cent in 2019.
The vast majority of these (598 candidates) described themselves “every other white background”. Forty-three stated they had been “White-Irish Traveller” (up from 14 in 2019) and 332 stated they had been Asian or Asian-Irish (up from 68 in 2019).
There have been 55 candidates who stated they had been from China (up from 7 in 2019) and 132 who described themselves as “Black or Black Irish” (up from 8).
An additional 122 ticked the “different together with combined background” field. Just below 11 per cent of candidates (1,196) didn’t point out any ethnic background.
About 40 per cent of purposes got here from girls and 466 got here by way of the garda’s devoted Irish language stream.
Individuals at present serving within the Garda Reserves accounted for 71 purposes. All through the newest recruitment marketing campaign Garda administration has positioned a particular emphasis on reaching a extra numerous viewers, together with by internet hosting outreach and data occasions.
The uniform coverage of the drive has additionally been modified in recent times to permit sure spiritual clothes, equivalent to turbans and headscarves, to be worn on responsibility.
Commissioner Drew Harris stated on Monday the gardaí nonetheless has numerous work to do to turn into extra consultant of Irish society “however it is a good begin.”
He stated the rise in purposes from throughout ethnic backgrounds “may be very welcome and inspiring, as is the extent of utility from girls.”
Mr Harris stated: “In our centenary yr, it is extremely gratifying to see the persevering with excessive degree of curiosity in turning into a member of An Garda Síochána. This speaks to the connection we’ve got with communities and the need amongst residents to provide again to these communities by turning into a Garda.”