Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has announced that 200 new gardaí will be recruited in the next four months.

Ms Fitzgerald said 100 gardaí will enter Templemore in December with the other 100 beginning their training the following month.

The announcement fulfills the Government commitment last year to recruit 300 new gardaí.

The minister also announced an additional €10m for the garda fleet, most of which is to be spent on marked garda cars for high visibility policing.

Another €42m is to be spent on building three new garda divisional headquarters in Dublin's Kevin Street, Galway and Wexford to be completed in three years.

About €4m is to be spent this year and next year on garda IT systems.

In other justice areas, €1m is to be made available to complete Cork prison and the refurbishment of Mountjoy jail.

The Garda Ombudsman is also to receive an extra €1m, the new Garda Authority will receive €500,000, the Garda inspectorate will receive an additional €250,000, and €6.3m has been allocated to the new Human Rights Commission.

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