334. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide in tabular form the current number of gardaí on sick leave, stress leave and career break; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2588/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): One of the primary functions of the Garda Commissioner under the Garda Síochána Acts is to direct and control An Garda Síochána. The Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.
I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of members on sick leave and on career breaks on 16 January 2015, was as set out in the following table:

Type 16 January 2015
Sick Leave 500
Ordinary Career Break 11
Incentivised Career Break 110

In order to protect the privacy of members it would not be appropriate to disclose the reasons for absence on sick leave.