Tuesday 19 June 2018

Government to consider pay increase for the next garda commissioner as worldwide search begins

Retiring Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Retiring Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The Government is to consider a pay increase for the next garda commissioner, as recruitment worldwide begins to find a replacement for Noirin O'Sullivan.

According to the Irish Independent, the recruitment for candidates will stretch to English-speaking jurisdictions including the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan confirmed yesterday that salary would be the subject of discussions between the Policing Authority and the Public Appointments Service.

This comes as there are fears that top candidates may not apply if the salary is not increased from the current €180,613 a year.

A Government source told the Irish Independent that if the Policing Authority now formally recommended an increase, then this could hardly be ignored.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the stability of the Government would be put under threat if he or any of his ministers had moved against the former Garda commissioner.

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