Garda sick days down but still cost taxpayer €13.2m
Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30
Garda sick days cost the taxpayer €13.2m last year.
Figures show each serving member took an average 7.73 days off sick in 2014, lower than the average nine across the public sector.
The loss to the taxpayer was significantly down from 2013, when an average 10.73 days were lost costing some €22.9m.
Elsewhere an average 12.11 sick days were lost to civilian staff members in An Garda Síochána, down from 12.35 in 2013, costing some €2.5m.
The drop in Garda sick days arises from the introduction of the new Public Service Sick Leave Scheme in March 2014.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said under the terms of the new Public Service Sick Leave Scheme, entitlement to paid sick leave is calculated over a rolling four-year period.
"This did not previously apply to members of An Garda Síochána," she said.
"I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that since the introduction of the new scheme, the number of days lost due to sick leave has decreased significantly."