73. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost to recruit 1000 new members of An Garda Síochána. [4008/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda authorities that payroll costs for new Garda recruits include a basic allowance of €184 per week plus a living allowance of €77.92. After 32 weeks of training, Garda recruits are attested and move on to the first point of the Garda pay scale starting at €23,171 and rising to a maximum of €45,793 per annum after 19 years. They may also qualify for other allowances depending on their assignments.
The annual cost of 1000 new Garda recruits in their first year (assuming a commencement date of 1st January) is €18.8m. This figure includes Employer's PRSI but excludes any allowances which the recruits may qualify for following attestation. The annual cost will obviously increase as the members’ move up the Garda pay scale each year.