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.