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An Garda Síochána

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 25 November 2021

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Ceisteanna (311)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

311. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the number of promotional positions waiting to be filled within An Garda Síochána; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [58160/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), for the management and administration of Garda business. This includes responsibility for the promotion and appointment to certain ranks within An Garda Síochána under the Garda Síochána (Appointment to the Ranks of Inspector and Sergeant) Regulations 2021.

Promotion and appointment to the ranks of Superintendent, Chief Superintendent and Assistant Commissioner are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and fall under the remit of the Policing Authority. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.

Appointment to the ranks of Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner are also governed by the Act and require the approval of Government.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that, as of 31 October 2021, the number of vacancies in An Garda Síochána at the ranks in question is indicated in the table.

RANK

CURRENT STRENGTH

APPROVED STRENGTH

VACANCIES

COMM.

1

1

0

D/COMM.

2

2

0

A/COMM.

8

8

0

C/SUPT.

46

47

1

SUPT.

166

168

2

INSP.

415

482

67

SGT.

1893

2210

317

TOTALS

2531

2918

387

The Deputy may wish to note that a competition for promotions and appointments to the rank of Sergeant is currently being carried out under the remit of the Public Appointments Service, following the introduction of new Regulations to modernise the promotion process for the ranks of Sergeant and Inspector. I am advised that a competition for the rank of Inspector is expected to commence in early 2022.

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