Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Increased Pay for Garda Síochána.

asked the Minister for Justice whether it is proposed to pay to members of the Garda Síochána an increase in pay similar to that granted to civil servants, and, if so, if he will state the annual cost thereof.

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The annual cost of the pay increase is approximately £167,000.

Could the Minister say is that figure included in the global figure mentioned by the Minister for Finance?

Can the Minister say whether that covers all ranks of the Garda Síochána?

Yes. That would include all ranks corresponding to the Civil Service——

I beg the Minister's pardon. I cannot hear him.

I say it includes all ranks corresponding with those that will benefit in the Civil Service. I think it excludes only chief superintendents.

From chief superintendents up.