Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
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]
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.