An Garda Síochána have changed the educational requirements of those who wish to join the force in this current recruitment drive and this has caused confusion and annoyance with potential recruits and teachers alike.
Louth County Councillor Edel Corrigan said, “before now, young people who sat the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme were eligible to apply to the Garda Síochána, however, it has been brought to my attention that this has now changed for the current recruitment drive.
“I have been contacted by teachers who work with LCA students and they are very annoyed to say the least that their students are being discriminated against. They feel that the Leaving Cert Applied is a great qualification and graduates have obtained a variety of key skills that would be a great advantage for a newly recruited member of An Garda Síochána.”
Councillor Corrigan continued “previous recruitment drives accepted the LCA as a qualification but not this one. This change was done on the quiet. It slipped under the radar. I believe that it unfairly reduces that status of the LCA and shows a short sightedness from the Department of Justice. I know that the schools, teachers and students who work on the LCA programme can easily prove that it is a good qualification worthy of acceptance for entry to the Garda force. Why has this changed?”