16 new Garda recruits allocated to the north west

16 new Garda recruits are to be allocated to the North West region.

148 new recruits were sworn is member of An Garda Siochana bringing the total strength of the force to 14,411, 21 of these Gardaí were born outside of Ireland.

27% of the new recruits were women with Commissioner, Drew Harris, saying he would like to see this increase further in the coming years.

235 new recruits are also currently in training.