The recruitment drive was announced by acting Minister for Justice Simon Harris, with new positions expected to open for application this Friday, 24th March.

"Recruiting 1,000 Gardaí in 2023 is central to the government’s commitment to build stronger, safer communities, and I know there will be people listening today who will hear this and think that they too can work with us to deliver on that mission,” said Minster Harris.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said: "Being a Garda is a great job. You get to make a real difference in people’s lives. Policing is in an honourable career and an extension of good citizenship. Every day, Gardaí keep communities and people safe through our unique approach to policing by consent.

"It is a tough job that has its challenges, but what you will get out of it in terms of job satisfaction far outweighs those.

The Commissioner stressed that being a Garda isn’t for everyone.

“It requires working late nights and early mornings. Having to get into physical confrontations. Being active. We want to make that clear to people right up front so that we attract high quality candidates who will thrive in a career as a Garda,” he said.

“I’m confident that there are many people out there who have the skills and attitude to make excellent Guards, and this is a great opportunity to join us and make a real difference.”

To promote the recruitment drive, a €550,000 (not including VAT) promotional campaign under the tagline "It’s A Job Worth Doing” will go live across TV, national and local print and radio, online, social media, and outdoor from 24th March. The campaign will also target Irish people living in countries such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Interested candidates can apply at