Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
John Lyons (Dublin North West, Labour)
Question 370: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount he has spent on Garda payslips in 2010 and to date in 2011; his plans to change the system of payment whereby payslips are distributed electronically as in other Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17414/11]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
Under the terms of the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 (Croke Park Agreement), An Garda SÃochÃ¡na is committed to the replacement of paper payslips by providing members with electronic access to this information by December 2011. My Department is currently examining the technicalities involved. It is necessary to determine the most effective and efficient implementation approach, taking into account that the working environment of members of An Garda SÃochÃ¡na differs considerably from most other public servants who have ready access to computers and printers at their desks. The total cost of providing paper payslips amounted to â‚¬410,487 in 2010 and â‚¬203,131 for the year to date.