Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed garda recruitment will recommence for the first time in five years tomorrow.

The first batch of recruits should be in training by next July.

He was speaking at the launch of the Irish Prison Service's new Human Rights training course in Portlaoise, Co Laois.

"This will be the first recruitment since 2009, so it is a very important event and I wait with interest how many applicants we will have," Mr Shatter said.

The minister said he expects at least two batches of recruits to be in the training college in Templemore by 2014.

He estimated an intake of between 250 and 300.