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107. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost for each ten extra Garda civilian staff recruited in 2019. [38133/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate that it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the recruitment and training of personnel. Further, the allocation of Garda resources and distribution of personnel are a matter for the Commissioner, in light of the availability of resources and his identified operational demands.
It should be noted that current civilian positions in An Garda Síochána range from clerical support and financial management functions to specialised roles in HR, IT and telecommunications, teaching, finance and procurement, internal audit, communications, research and analysis, accommodation, scene-of-crime support, legal and medical services. In addition, civilians also work in operational areas including the Garda Central Vetting Bureau, the Garda information Service Centre, the Fixed Charge Processing Office and the Command and Control Centre. These offices have a large number of civilian staff.
I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the cost of employing ten new Garda civilian staff is estimated at €450,000. This was calculated by using an estimated cost per civilian employee of €45,000 and includes the impact of scheduled public sector pay increases and employer’s PRSI at a rate of 10.85%.