Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (121, 122, 123, 124)

Martin Heydon

Question:

121. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost in 2021 of increasing the number of sworn gardaí to 15,000 by the end of 2021; and the estimated extra cost in each of the years 2022 to 2025 to maintain that level of strength. [52501/19]

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Martin Heydon

Question:

122. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated extra cost in 2021 of increasing the number of civilians working within An Garda Síochána to 4,000 by the end of 2021; and the estimated extra cost in each of the years 2022 to 2025 of maintaining that number. [52502/19]

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Martin Heydon

Question:

123. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated extra cost in 2021 of increasing the number of the Garda Reserve to 2,000 by the end of 2021; and the estimated extra cost in each of the years 2022 to 2025 of maintaining that number. [52503/19]

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Martin Heydon

Question:

124. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated extra cost in 2021 of increasing the number of sworn gardaí to 15,000 by the end of 2021; the estimated extra cost in 2022 to increase it to 15,200; the estimated extra cost in 2023 to increase it to 15,400; the estimated extra cost to increase it to 15,600 in 2024; and the estimated extra cost to increase it to 16,000 in 2025. [52504/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 121 to 124, inclusive, together.

Under section 43(1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda vote. In addition, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under section 26 for management and control of the administration and business of the Garda Síochána. This includes responsibility for personnel matters.

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the matters raised by the Deputy and I will write to the Deputy directly once I receive it.