Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 20 - An Garda Síochána

9:30 am

Mr. Drew Harris:

It might be illustrative if I provide detail of the number of individuals who want to move and from where and to what location. There seems to be a genuine desire to move from the Dublin metropolitan region and return to home regions. This means to any other part of the country. We can provide the detail of that. When we look at the detail, we can see that there are no vacant positions for many places people want to move to. As vacancies are created, either by people being promoted or cessations, they are filled. To accede to all of those requests would greatly denude the policing effort in other places. It is simply not possible. We have to slowly let the pressure out of the system as best we can.