335. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide in tabular form the number of gardaí who have left the force per year, from 2008 to 2011; the reason for their leaving the force; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2589/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of members, broken down by rank, who have retired from the force on voluntary, compulsory or other grounds, in the years ending 31 December 2008 to 2013 and up to 19 December 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, is set out in the table.
Generally speaking, members of An Garda Síochána may retire on a voluntary basis once they have reached 50 years of age and have accrued 30 years service. Members must retire on compulsory age grounds on reaching the age of 60.
In actual fact, most Gardaí take voluntary retirement ahead of their compulsory retirement age. In these circumstances the Deputy will appreciate that the specific information he has sought is not readily available in the detail requested and I understand that the compilation of such information would involve a disproportionate amount of Garda time and resources.