Written answers

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Ministerial Staff

Photo of Mairead FarrellMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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96. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual cost of the salaries of any recently appointed ministerial Garda drivers to his Department; the cost of the annual salary of the existing civilian Garda drivers in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8689/22]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy may be aware, following a recent security review by Garda Commissioner Harris, it has been agreed to provide 2 Garda drivers to me. For clarity, there are no civilian Garda drivers in my department. However, while I currently have 1 civilian driver assigned to me, interim arrangements are in place while the full plans are being mapped out for the assignment of the 2 Garda drivers. Salary costs for Ministerial Garda drivers are a matter for the Minister of Justice. The annual contractual salary is €38,678.95 per annum for a Civilian Driver.


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