294. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Justice the overtime bill for An Garda Síochána in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38392/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána and, as the accounting officer for An Garda Síochána, is also responsible for Garda expenditure. As Minister, I have no direct role in this matter.
I have been provided with the below table detailing the total reported overtime bill for An Garda Síochána in the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021. The figures include overtime for Garda members and civilian staff (including the Garda College).

2018 2019 2020 2021 (January - June)
€118,148,000 €106,942,000 €98,958,000 €55,538,000