Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Questions (587)

Michael Fitzmaurice


587. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Justice the cost of civilian staff for each of the past five years in An Garda Síochána; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34564/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and deployment of resources. As Minister, I have no role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.88 billion for 2020 and of €1.952 billion in Budget 2021. This level of investment is enabling sustained, ongoing recruitment of Garda members and staff. There are now over 14,600 Gardaí nationwide, supported by over 3,000 Garda staff. Taken together, this number of Garda members and staff is delivering a significant growth in operational policing hours nationwide.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the table below discloses the sum of payroll, allowance, overtime and employer PRSI costs relating to Garda Staff from 2016 to the end of October 2020. These costs can be specifically identified as Garda Staff costs within the Garda vote. It is not possible to specifically allocate other costs to Garda Staff only.

1 Jan to 31 Oct 2020