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114. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost to the Exchequer of the payment of increments to all public sector staff under her remit, per year since 2008. [18335/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is not possible to disaggregate the cost of increments from the overall pay bill. However, I can inform the Deputy that the number of increments awarded to staff of my Department is set out hereunder:

Year Number of staff in receipt of an increment
2008 1523
2009 1597
2010 1335
2011 1191
2012 1069
2013 913
2014 655
2015 (to date) 191

As the Deputy will be aware, increments are awarded subject to satisfactory performance and attendance.