Three newly qualified Garda recruits resign over wages
Three newly qualified gardai have already resigned from the force due to low wages, it has been revealed. Officers have told this month's edition of the Garda Review that they have been "recruited into poverty".
More than 24,000 people applied for the garda posts when they were announced in January 2014.
But the Garda Representative Association (GRA) has revealed that three of those who qualified since have already quit because they couldn't live on the wages. The new officers have a starting wage of €23,171 - significantly less than their colleagues who qualified before the recruitment freeze.
Other new members have also threatened to quit with one saying they would be better off "stacking shelves in Tesco". GRA vice president Ciaran O'Neill said: "The new question is now whether these members will remain within an Garda Siochana with many contending that the 'two-tier' pay structure has 'recruited them into poverty'.
"Three have resigned so far. All are citing financial reasons, it is unprecedented. They have all gone to better-paid jobs."
In total 685 recruits have qualified since 2014. Garda Review carries 15 accounts of the struggles of new recruits including one 25-year-old who applied for family income supplement "as we earn so little".