As the Deputy is aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the training of its members and Garda staff. The Commissioner is also responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.
However, in order to be of assistance, I have contacted Garda authorities and been informed that the estimated full year cost of recruiting three additional full-time accountants for the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau would be approximately €210,801 (€70,267 per person).
I am further advised by the Garda authorities that this estimated costing relies on the assumption of three full-time accountants being placed on the first point of the relevant salary scale and includes employer's PRSI at a rate of 11.05%.