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311. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the number of promotional positions waiting to be filled within An Garda Síochána; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [58160/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), for the management and administration of Garda business. This includes responsibility for the promotion and appointment to certain ranks within An Garda Síochána under the Garda Síochána (Appointment to the Ranks of Inspector and Sergeant) Regulations 2021.
Promotion and appointment to the ranks of Superintendent, Chief Superintendent and Assistant Commissioner are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and fall under the remit of the Policing Authority. As Minister, I have no role in these independent functions.
Appointment to the ranks of Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner are also governed by the Act and require the approval of Government.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that, as of 31 October 2021, the number of vacancies in An Garda Síochána at the ranks in question is indicated in the table.

RANK CURRENT STRENGTH APPROVED STRENGTH VACANCIES
COMM. 1 1 0
D/COMM. 2 2 0
A/COMM. 8 8 0
C/SUPT. 46 47 1
SUPT. 166 168 2
INSP. 415 482 67
SGT. 1893 2210 317
TOTALS 2531 2918 387

The Deputy may wish to note that a competition for promotions and appointments to the rank of Sergeant is currently being carried out under the remit of the Public Appointments Service, following the introduction of new Regulations to modernise the promotion process for the ranks of Sergeant and Inspector. I am advised that a competition for the rank of Inspector is expected to commence in early 2022.