Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Questions (712)

Catherine Murphy


712. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the estimated cost to have 15,420 sworn gardaí by the end of 2021; and the estimated cost for same to be increased to 16,200 by the end of 2022. [26835/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have sought the relevant figures from An Garda Síochána and will revert to the Deputy as soon as they have been received.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
I am advised that any calculation/estimate is subject to a wide range of assumptions. Based on the current projections for Garda numbers at the end of this year, it is estimated that the additional payroll costs to recruit sufficient Gardaí in 2021 to reach the figure of 15,420 by the end of 2021 would be €29,957,206.
The 2022 payroll cost of these Gardaí recruited in 2021 would be a further €59,040,600. The estimated payroll cost for the further recruitment which would be required in order to reach the figure of 16,200 sworn Gardaí by the end of 2022 would be an additional €26,538,307 on top of this figure.
These calculations are based on the assumptions laid out as follows:
The projected cost assumes that all trainees commence training on 1 January and that all those retiring/resigning do so on 1 January. This response also assumes that each year an estimated 330 Members retire/resign from An Garda Síochána. The figures relate to the costs of the newly attested Gardaí only and any savings relating to retirements/resignations are excluded. The costings do not take into account any pay rises that may occur from 1 January 2021.
Payroll costs for new Garda recruits include a basic allowance of €184 per week. After 32 weeks of training, Garda recruits are attested and move on to the first point of the Garda pay scale €31,600 (pay scale that is expected to be in operation on completion of training in August 2021). The figures include Employer's PRSI and an estimation of allowances which Garda members may qualify for depending on their assignments. The annual cost increases as the members move up the Garda Pay scale each year.