Written answers

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Promotions

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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542. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the current vacancies in senior Garda posts; when she will fill these posts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41964/14]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Justice and Equality; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, the various Garda national units and of course Garda Headquarters. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. This necessary ongoing flexibility in the distribution of personnel means that it is not feasible to identify specific vacancies within specific areas of the force.

At a national level, sanction has been given by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for a maximum strength in each rank. The agreed strengths for ranks above Garda rank are given in the table, together with current actual strength (as of the end of August 2014). Where current actual strength is below the approved maximum strength, it is the Garda Commissioner who will make the necessary arrangements to have the balance of posts filled through promotion competitions.

RankActual strengthApproved max. strength
*COMMISSIONER11
**D/COMMISSIONER02
A/COMMISSIONER88
C/SUPERINTENDENT4145
SUPERINTENDENT140166
INSPECTOR300300
SERGEANT1,9462,000


*acting Commissioner

**D/Commissioner is Acting Commissioner

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