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Sunday 23 July 2017

More than 20 officers quit force every year

The highest number of resignations came in 2014, when 26 gardaí and one sergeant quit the force (Stock picture)
The highest number of resignations came in 2014, when 26 gardaí and one sergeant quit the force (Stock picture)

Robin Schiller

More than 20 rank-and-file gardaí are quitting the force every year due to a variety of reasons, from pay to physical assaults.

Figures released by An Garda Síochána under Freedom of Information show that 114 gardaí and four sergeants have resigned in the last five years.

It means that on average more than 20 officers of a garda rank are resigning from the organisation every year.

Gardaí said that records relating to the reasons given for a resignation did not exist, but sources said that "a proportion" of resignations relate to pay and assaults.

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan said: "It is important that the State retains the service of gardaí who join the force.

"If a significant number of gardaí are leaving the force in the early part of their careers, the State should research the reasons for these early departures so that any problems may be eradicated."

The highest number of resignations came in 2014, when 26 gardaí and one sergeant quit the force.

Last year, 24 gardaí resigned, while in 2013 a total of 25 gardaí and one sergeant quit.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents 12,500 gardaí, said it did not wish to comment on the figures.

Irish Independent

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