Clare Garda Force Down 13 Members Since Last Year

The number of Garda personnel operating in this county has fallen by thirteen since last year.

New figures released to Scariff Independent TD Michael McNamara show that Clare is one of only two counties to have received no new recruits from Templemore so far this year.


The breakdown of Clare’s force includes 115 active members at Ennis Garda Station, 56 in Shannon, 41 in Kilrush, 25 in Killaloe 22 in Ennistymon and 9 in Crusheen.

Sixmilebridge currently has five serving Gardaí, while Shannon Airport, Scariff and Newmarket-On-Fergus are served by three members each.

Elsewhere in the county, two Gardaí are operating at stations in Tulla, Kilmihil and Corofin, while Ballyvaughan, Kildysart, Kilkee and Miltown Malbay are each served by a single designated Garda.

Clare also remains one of just two counties along with Westmeath and three Garda districts when including the West Cork division that have received no new recruits from Templemore so far this year.

Additionally at the end of September, Clare had 8 Community Gardaí which is down from ten in January.

Although the position is not a specialist role within An Garda Síochana, Community Gardaí are exclusively assigned to build relationships by giving talks to schools and local organisations among various other outreach duties.

The Garda Reserve meanwhile which is a voluntary unpaid body that assists the existing Service at times when extra personnel are required, now has just six members in this county, which is the joint lowest figure in the country.

Furthermore, Clare’s Road’s policing unit is with just eighteen active personnel, the third smallest unit outside of the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

This is despite Clare having the eight largest road network in the country at a distance of 232.7km.

In total 293 Gardaí were serving across all stations and units in this county at the end of October, which is down from 306 at the end of last year and 24 members below the national average.