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.
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.