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An Garda Síochána

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 3 February 2022

Thursday, 3 February 2022

Ceisteanna (375)

Pa Daly

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375. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 692 of 19 October 2021, the number of projected recruits, actual recruits, newly attested trainees and retirements in An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2019 to 2021. [5705/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) for the recruitment and training of Garda members and staff. The Commissioner is also responsible for determining the deployment of An Garda Síochána throughout the State under the Act and, as Minister, I play no role in these independent functions.

The budget provided by Government to the Garda Commissioner continues to increase to unprecedented levels. Budget 2022 provides in excess of an unprecedented €2 billion in funding to An Garda Síochána. This additional funding will provide for the recruitment of up to an additional 800 Gardaí and 400 Garda Staff in 2022.

Since 2016 the budget for An Garda Síochána has increased by approximately €500m, or 33%. This has enabled 1,400 extra Gardaí to be deployed, as well as continued investment in modern equipment. In addition, it has freed up over 800 Gardaí for front line policing work through the recruitment of Garda Staff.

The below table, furnished to me by the Garda authorities, details the number of projected recruits, actual recruits, newly attested trainees and retirements for 2019 and 2020. I have been advised that final figures for 2021 are not yet available.

2019

2020

Projected Recruits

Up to 600

Up to 700

Actual Recruits

600

275*

Trainees Attested

605

522

Garda Member Retirements

234

259

Garda Staff Retirements

67

77

* Garda College, Templemore, closed in response to public health measures for periods of 2020 which curtailed recruitment.

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