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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 16 Nov 1961

Vol. 192 No. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Garda Síochána Recruitment.


Mr. Ryan

asked the Minister for Justice if he will state in respect of the last ten years the dates on which advertisements were published in the Press inviting applications for the Garda Síochána.

The dates on which advertisements inviting applications for the Garda Síochána were published in the Press prior to 1958 are not readily available. In respect of the years 1958 to 1961 the following are the particulars:—

15th March, 1958; 17th March, 1958; 27th September, 1958; 29th September, 1958; 21st March, 1959; 23rd March, 1959; 3rd October, 1959; 5th October, 1959; 4th March, 1960; 5th March, 1960; 3rd September, 1960; 5th September, 1960; 6th May, 1961; 8th May, 1961.


Mr. Ryan

asked the Minister for Justice whether at any time within the past ten years advertisements inviting applications for membership of the Garda Síochána contained a statement that members of the force would enjoy free accommodation; whether a charge is now made for accommodation; and, if so, what is the amount thereof.

Advertisements published prior to 21st December, 1960, contained a statement to the effect that accommodation or an allowance in lieu would be provided. Up to then, accommodation if available was provided free; where accommodation was not available, non-pensionable rent allowances were paid. These varied from £27 to £62 according to area, the average being £40.

On 20th December, 1960, following a pay claim by the Gardaí that rent allowances be increased and made pensionable, the Garda representatives accepted an offer at a meeting of the Conciliation Council. This provided that the varying non-pensionable rent allowances then payable to members living out should be abolished, and replaced by a pensionable addition to pay of 25/- a week applicable to all members of the rank of Garda whether living in or living out. The agreement provided for a flat deduction from pay of £1 a week where accommodation is provided, irrespective of whether the accommodation is a house or married quarters provided for a married Garda, or accommodation at a station for a single man.

Where the accommodation available is not regarded as suitable, permission to live out is granted and the deduction ceases.

The new agreed arrangements were brought into effect by the Garda Síochána (Pay and Allowances) Order, 1961.