Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Department of Justice and Equality
Public Sector Staff Sick Leave
61. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 31 of 16 May 2019, the number of serving members of An Garda Síochána absent from work on sick leave due to stress-related factors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26865/19]
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters.
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that sickness absences are recorded on the Sickness Management Absence System under the following categories:
- Ordinary illness
- Occupational injury/illness arising from duty
- Critical illness
I am further informed there is currently no specific sub-category on the Sickness Absence Management System for the recording of absences due to stress, anxiety or depression but in some cases, this is recorded under the sub-category of Mental Health illness.
I am advised by the Commissioner that the following statistics have been compiled using the Mental Health illness sub-category. There is no guarantee that all absences due to stress, anxiety or depression have been recorded under this category.
I am advised by the Commissioner that further to Parliamentary Question No. 31 of 16 May 2019, 10 Gardaí members were recorded as being absent under the Mental Health illness sub-category on Friday 10thMay 2019.