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Prison service begins recruitment drive
Caron McCaffrey

25 Aug 2023 / justice Print

Prison service begins recruitment drive

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is planning to recruit 250 prison officers this year, and another 300 next year.

The service has opened its 2023 recruitment drive, which is being run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

The closing date for applications is Thursday 28 September at 3pm.

‘Challenging, yet rewarding’

“The Irish Prison Service aims to attract individuals who possess the qualities of empathy, resilience, and dedication necessary to thrive in this challenging, yet rewarding, profession,” said IPS director general Caron McCaffrey (pictured).

Eligible candidates will undergo a comprehensive selection process – including written assessments, physical-fitness tests, interviews, and background checks.

More than 2,000 people applied for the 2022 competition, which was aimed at adding 144 new prison-officer posts.

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