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Emergency services and armed forces

The protection of its citizens is the responsibility of every state. In Ireland, national security, intelligence and the enforcement of law is the responsibility of the Irish police, An Garda Siochána. The Irish Defence Forces, the Army, Navy and Air Corp are all entrusted with keeping the country safe from external attack.

Private security is also prominent. It spans from traditional night watchmen-esque activities to cutting edge electronic solutions.

Law enforcement is the responsibility of the Irish police force, An Garda Síochána. There’s over twelve thousand gardaí in the police force who maintain all aspects of law and order in the country. There are a number of specialist support units within the Gardaí, including a Mounted Unit, Water Unit, Fingerprint Unit, Photograph Unit, Ballistics unit and Mapping Unit, among others. The wide variety of specialist units offer the Gardaí opportunity for advancement and specialisations.

A deep understanding of team work, the ability to communicate well with people, a knack for problem solving and the potential to resolve conflicts are the key skills needed to enjoy success as a Garda. Selection is done through recruitment and aptitude tests, with those who reach the interview stage of the process being tested for competency in planning and preparation, community orientation, achieving high standards, decision making, persuasion, and taking initiative.

To be eligible a candidate needs to be between the ages of 18 and 34 during a recruitment campaign. They must also be in good physical and mental condition and undergo a written assessment.

Defence from threats outside the state is the responsibility of the Irish defence Forces. They are tasked with defending the country, aiding the United Nation in overseas peace keeping missions and protect the fisheries. The Defence Forces can also be called on by the Government to perform other duties in the event of an emergency. The defence force includes both the Permanent Defence Force and Reserve Defence Force.

The Permanent Defence Force is made up of three main sections, the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service. Main routes of entry into it are as a recruit or a cadet. Cadets, or Officer Cadets, complete their training with a commission from the President as a Second Lieutenant in the Army and Air Corps or as an Ensign in the Navy. Upon completion of their training Recruits, or Apprentices, become Privates in the Army, Able Seamen in the Navy or Airmen/Airwomen in the Air Corps with opportunities for promotion through the ranks.

The Reserve Defence Force is made up of the First line Reserve and Second Line Reserve. The First Line is made of former members of the Permanent Defence Force while the Second line made up of the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve.

cadet school

In 1923, the Defence Forces Temporary Provisions Act 1923 provided for the establishment of an Irish Military College, and an Army School of Instruction was founded with a large staff and commanded by a Major General. Originally situated in the Artillery Barracks in Kildare, it was moved to Keane (Pearse) Barracks in 1924. In 1926, the Irish Military Mission was sent to the United States to study the profession of arms at American military establishments. The Irish Military College as we know it was formally founded in 1930, that year seeing the commissioning of the first class of cadets.

Today, the Military College is responsible for the provision of training and doctrine to the Leadership, management and combat units of the Defence Forces. Training includes career courses, Infantry support weapons, senior management courses and overseas training.

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