Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - D.M.P. Transfers.

asked the Minister for Justice if he will state (a) the numbers and ranks of members of the Gárda Síochána who are transferred officers of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, having joined prior to 1921; (b) how many of these members of the Gárda Síochana applied to be permitted to retire but whose resignations were not accepted, and (c) the total number of Gárda Síochána of all ranks ordinarily stationed in the old Dublin Metropolitan Police area.

(a) There are at present serving in the Gárda Síochána 321 transferred members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police who joined that force prior to 1921, and who became members of the Gárda Síochána by virtue of the Police Forces Amalgamation Act, 1925. Their ranks are as follow—

1

Chief Superintendent.

5

Superintendents.

21

Inspectors.

40

Station-Sergeants.

111

Sergeants.

143

Guards.

(b) Twenty-four of those members applied to retire with compensation under Article X. of the Treaty, but their applications were refused. Their ranks are as follow:—

1

Inspector.

5

Station-Sergeants.

6

Sergeants.

12

Guards.

(c) There are at present in the Dublin Metropolitan Division:—

2

Chief Superintendents.

7

Superintendents.

23

Inspectors.

42

Station-Sergeants.

143

Sergeants.

989

Guards.

Is the Minister in a position to state if the members of the Gárda who applied for permission to retire will be now permitted to retire?

That is a perfectly separate question from the question on the Order Paper.

Will the Minister state why these men were refused permission to retire?

If the Deputy puts down a question relative to any particular case, I will have the greatest pleasure in answering him.

The Minister stated there were twenty-four men who applied for permission to retire and were refused. Could the Minister not take all those cases and give the reason why they were refused?

The Deputy should put down a separate question on the matter.