144. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of serving gardaí by rank on career breaks, unpaid leave or special leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28723/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing An Garda Síochána including personnel, and I, as Minister, have no role in the matter.
Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.  
The following table shows the number of Gardaí on unpaid leave as at 01/07/2019:

01/07/2019 Garda Sergeant Inspector Total
Career Break 72 8 1 81
Unpaid Maternity 43 3 1 47
Shorter working year 72 4   76
Carer’s leave 16 1   17
Special unpaid leave 5 2   7

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