Budget must resolve Garda pay
- 114 Gardaí resign from the force so far this year versus 70 three years ago
Labour justice spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has demanded that Government focus on improving pay, terms and conditions for Gardaí in Tuesday’s Budget.
As responses to Parliamentary Questions put down by the Labour Party reveal 114 Gardaí have resigned so far this year, Deputy Ó Ríordáin said Government cannot wash their hands of the crisis in justice.
Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:
“For too long, Government have failed to give the attention and resources that are clearly lacking in An Garda Síochána. Responses to Parliamentary Questions reveal a huge exodus of people from the force – 114 resignations to date this year. That compares with only 70 three years ago.
“While we don’t know the specific reasons for this, there’s no doubt in my mind that the paltry pay is a significant reason why people are leaving in their droves.
“We know that recruitment is a huge issue – we need to look at improving pay for those who are joining the force. We should be rolling out the red carpet for those willing to sign up.
“The issue is, many people are giving up good paying jobs to become a Garda, then they arrive at college and realise they’re on poverty pay. Many have families or financial commitments they need to fund.
“Labour are calling on Government to pay them the full Garda starting salary of just under €35,000. We need to do all that we can to encourage people into the force.
“While not a silver bullet, improving pay and conditions is vital to safeguard the future of the force. We have a massive crisis coming down the tracks and the Minister and her Government must pave the way to a better future for policing in this country.”