200. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the yearly wage cost of a whole-time forensic accountant. [38690/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in Garda ICT, the Garda fleet and the Garda estate. In total, the Garda capital allocation has increased from €61 million to €92 million in 2019, which represents a 50% increase.
In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the training of its members and Garda staff. The Commissioner is also responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the current (September 2019) yearly wage cost of a whole-time forensic accountant is €68,827. This estimated costing assumes that forensic accountants are placed on the first point of the relevant salary scale. Employer’s PRSI is included in the estimate at a rate of 10.95%.