Garda commissioner to be paid €250,000

As reported today in Irish Times by Sarah Bardon.     The next Garda commissioner would be entitled to a salary of €250,000 under a proposal expected to be agreed by the Government today.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is to bring a memo to this morning’s Cabinet meeting seeking approval to initiate a recruitment process for the role, including an increased pay packet.

Negotiations were still under way last night between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of the Taoiseach on the final details for the job specification.

However, The Irish Times understands the role will be advertised internationally at a salary of €250,000, up from €180,613. There had been speculation that the salary could be increased to €350,000.

The Policing Authority was tasked with conducting an international examination and preparing a job specification for the Department of Justice.

The authority recently made a recommendation to increase the salary to mirror that of other police forces. The chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is paid €219,521 while the chief constable of London’s Metropolitan Police Service receives total remuneration of some €300,000.

Six months

The authority agreed a figure of €250,000 but Government figures are thought to be willing to review the salary again if pay is a barrier to attracting candidates. The competition will be run by the Policing Authority, which will make a recommendation to Government for acceptance or rejection. The process is expected to take up to six months.

The role is currently occupied by Dónall Ó Cualáin in an acting capacity.

There have been some calls for the recruitment process to be postponed until the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland reports but Mr Flanagan has said there should be no delay.

3 Responses to Garda commissioner to be paid €250,000

  1. Eugene December 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    At present time the Commissioner is in receipt of E180,000, but the Government is willing to pay at least E250,000, and maybe a lot more, in ordere to ge ” the right person into the job”. No to me that indicates that they have already made their minds up that the right person cannot be found in Ireland. Mr Flanagan has said that the chosen person will not necessarily have policing experience, so, I am assuming that it is a Manager they are looking for, maybe a Commercial Manager to show how more money can be extracted from the public. I now also read that Flanagan is not happy with the Court Poor Box scheme, he is not happy to see charities gaining money at his expense , a familiar problem for this Government, – grab all that can be grabbed. I believe that the new Commissioner should absolutely have a policing background, and not be paid more than is now of offer.

  2. patrick joseph mc December 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    Garda CULTURE at ITS VERY BEST. a few days ago stands for very little , Listening to the up to date news there seems that no person that put their life on the line need apply regardless of ability. To equate salary with ability and honesty shows as a nation we learned nothing. It was not the people on modest incomes brought this country to its knees but the people on mega incomes .

  3. timothy December 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    It is a responsible high profile job and the salary should of course reflect the inherent values involved. There are plenty Irish people of merit with the necessary skills to occupy the post and comply with its job description in a competent, practical and resourceful way. The old ways of cronyism and political diktat should be a relic of history with the very poor morale it caused in the force which is by and large composed of good dedicated people who are proud to be police and serving the public to the best of abilities.

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