Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (619)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

619. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 712 of 29 September 2020, if she has received the necessary information from An Garda Síochána to answer same. [6618/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Parliamentary Question 712 of 29 September 2020 refers to the estimated cost to have 15,420 sworn Gardaí by the end of 2021; and the estimated cost for same to be increased to 16,200 by the end of 2022.

I can confirm that a substantive response to Parliamentary Question 712 of 29 September 2020 was issued to the Deputy on 30 October 2020. A copy is attached for convenience.

To be of further assistance, I have asked the Garda authorities to provide updated information. I am advised that any such estimate is subject to a wide range of assumptions.

I am informed that at 31 December 2020, there were 14,491 Garda Members. It is estimated that 330 Members will leave the Garda organisation between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. Therefore, in order to have 15,420 sworn Garda Members by 31 December 2021, 1,259 new Members would have to be attested in 2021.

The table below as provided to me by the Garda authorities sets out the payroll costs relating to the hire of Gardaí in 2021 to 2022. Payroll costs for new Garda recruits include an initial basic allowance of €184 per week. After 32 weeks of training, Garda recruits are attested and move on to the first point of the Garda pay scale, which is €31,600. I am informed that this is the pay scale that is expected to be in operation on completion of training in August 2021.

The figures include Employer's PRSI and an estimation of allowances which Garda members may qualify for depending on their assignments. This annual cost increases each year as the members move up the Garda Pay scale.

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2021

2022

2021 intake (1259 trainees)

29,476,517

59,334,281

2022 Intake (1110 trainees)

25,988,034

Total Sworn Members

15,420

16,200

These calculations are based on the assumption that all trainees commence training on 1 January, that all those members retiring or resigning do so on 1 January and that in both 2021 and 2022 an estimated 330 Members retire or resign from An Garda Síochána.

The figures relate to the costs of the newly attested Gardaí only and any savings relating to retirements or resignations are excluded. The projected costs do not take into account any pay increases that may occur from 1 January 2021.