Just 20pc new garda recruits are women
Less than one-in-five new recruits into the gardai were women, newly released figures reveal.
The force may be led by a woman, Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan (inset), but the numbers of new female entrants lags way behind male counterparts.
The news comes as Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will today publish her new Police Authority Bill, which will give a legislative basis for the new Independent Garda Authority.
The new figures show that of the latest batch of recruits accepted into the garda training college at Templemore, 81 were male and just 18 were female.
The details were contained in figures released by Ms Fitzgerald to Fine Gael deputy Catherine Byrne by way of parliamentary question.
The figures, which were broken down on a county by county basis, showed that Dublin had 22 male recruits accepted into the force while just three females were accepted.
Cork and Clare also both had three female candidates accepted, with Clare being the only county to have more female recruits accepted than male.
Galway and Louth both had two female candidates accepted while counties Kerry, Kildare, Meath, Offaly and Roscommon each had one female recruit accepted into the force.