Career breaks 'aimed at reducing Garda numbers by 1,000'
on 05/01/2013 10:09:21
According to reports in today's Irish Independent, career breaks of up to three years will be offered to gardai, in an effort to cut 1,000 jobs.
A cash shortage as a result of €25m in cutbacks means there is only enough money to pay 12,500 gardaí in a workforce of 13,417.
Senior members of the gardaí believe they can not make up the shortfall in garda numbers through retirement.
As part of the career break deal, a lump sum taxable amount of €30,000 will be offered, with a guarantee the job is kept open after the three-year duration.
They would still be subject to garda disciplinary regulations, so not be permitted to work for security firms.