301. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí who have retired in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [23231/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who has responsibility to manage and control generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the recruitment, training and appointment of its members and workforce planning for the organisation.
The following table sets out the number of retirements from An Garda Síochána in the years 2016 to 2019, correct as of 6 June 2019, as provided by An Garda Síochána.
Retirements in An Garda Síochána, 2016-2019

2016 2017 2018 2019 (to date)
235 233 224 101

The Government has increased the budget for An Garda Síochána to €1.76 billion for 2019, which includes provision for sustained recruitment to An Garda Síochána this year. The Garda Commissioner has informed me that he intends to recruit 600 trainee Gardaí in 2019, and a net of 600 Garda Staff which will allow the Commissioner to redeploy a further 500 Gardaí from administrative duties to the frontline policing duties for which they were trained in 2019.
I have been assured by the Garda Commissioner that the recruitment of Garda members planned for 2019 will ensure that, taking account of projected departures, the Government’s commitment to increasing the strength of An Garda Síochána to 15,000 Garda members by 2021 remains on track. The number of Garda members in An Garda Síochána now stands at just over 14,000 , a net increase of over 1,000 since the end of 2016.