Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Questions (726)

Pearse Doherty


726. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice if additional funding will be made available to Garda recruits who have had their training period extended until 31 January 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1479/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are currently two classes of Garda Trainees allocated to training stations; class 202 and 203. I am further informed that class 202 is expected to attest on 19 January 2021.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that for the duration of their training, all trainees are paid an allowance of €184 per week. In addition to this €184 per week, while on duty at training stations, trainees are also entitled to claim appropriate rates of subsistence for each tour of duty they work.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there is sufficient funds in the Garda budget to ensure that this expenditure can be met in relation to these Garda Trainees.

Question No. 727 answered with Question No. 689.