The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is the accounting officer of An Garda Síochána and is statutorily responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including human resource matters. As Minister, I have no responsibility for 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 their optimum use.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the estimated cost of recruiting six additional full-time analysts at higher executive officer level for the Garda cyber crime unit is €332,118 (€55,353 per person). The costing assumes that the analysts are placed on the first point of the current relevant salary scale. Employer’s PRSI is also included at a rate of 11.05%.
It should be noted that these estimated figures do not take into account the additional costs that would be incurred in respect of accommodation, ICT, overtime where required, and so on.