338. Deputy Mark Ward asked the Minister for Justice the number of members of An Garda Síochána by each rank in each of the years 2010 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form. [55252/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is by law responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and deployment of resources.  As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.  I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use
The budget provided by Government to the Garda Commissioner continues to increase to unprecedented levels, with an allocation of €1.952 billion for 2021. Budget 2022 provides over €2 billion in funding. This significant investment by the government has allowed for sustained and ongoing investment into An Garda Síochána and into recruitment of new Gardaí. Budget 2022 provides for funding to recruit an additional 800 Garda members in 2022.
The table below details the number of members per rank by year for the timeframe requested. Please note that figures for 2021 are valid as of 31 October 2021, the latest date for when information is available.">Garda Ranks