The Garda HR Division seeks to ensure that An Garda Síochána has the personnel to provide an effective and high-quality policing service. To that end, we work with An Garda Síochána to ensure that it has sufficient staff to meet its stated objectives. The division is responsible for having the necessary Acts and statutory instruments in place in relation to numbers of members permitted in the various ranks. We are also responsible for monitoring the implementation of plans for further expansion of the force both generally and within particular ranks as required by structural changes and reforms in An Garda Síochána, and policing developments generally.

Garda HR Division also assists in the development and implementation of a range of Garda HR issues including recruitment, promotions, dismissals, retirements and re-appointments. In recent years legislative amendments have been made in relation to recruitment policy to reflect the changing and diverse society in which we live and to facilitate the recruitment of persons from different ethnic backgrounds. 

Recruitment to An Garda Síochána is a matter in the first instance for the Garda Commissioner, who uses the Public Appointments Service when running recruitment campaigns. Apart from the roles outlined above, the Minister for Justice and Equality has no function in the process.

Details regarding current and future vacancies, including civilian support staff, are advertised on the Public Appointments Service website at

The Public Appointments Service is located in Chapter House, 26–30, Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1, and can be contacted at Lo-Call 1890 44 99 99 or by e-mail at