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Human Resources and People Development

Org structureThe office of Human Resources and People Development is responsible for the recruitment, training, development and the management of Garda members and Garda staff.  The office is headed up by an Executive Director and consists of the following sections:

  • Garda HR & PD Section, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park
  • Garda Internal Affairs,  Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park
  • Garda Occupational Health Department, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park
  • Garda Professional Standards Unit, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park
  • Garda Training College, Templemore, Co Tipperary.

Garda HR & PD Section

Garda HR & PD is the lead section for policy development and strategic HR.  It is responsible for internal competitions, industrial relations, equality & diversity, overseas deployment, resource deployment and transfers, Garda Reserve, health & Safety and the employee assistance service.   It will make the following records available on the Garda website: 

  • Health & Safety system manual
  • Commissioner’s Occupational Health & Safety Policy Statement
  • MOU between An Garda Síochána and Health & Safety Authority
  • Occupational Injury Statistics for 2014
  • Hearing Conservation Programme
  • The Statutory instrument governing the Promotions S.I. 485/2006 – Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations 2006.
  • Code of Practice, Appointment to positions in the Civil Service and the Public Service by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (link to www.cpsa.ie)

Garda HR Directorate, Athlumney House, Navan:

  1. HR Directorate - IDA Business Park, Johnstown, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 DR90 - 046 903 6818
  2. Resource Management - 046 903 6815/046 903 6835 – HRM_Records@garda.ie
  3. Civilian Competitions/Transfers - 046 903 6853 - HRPD.CivilianCompetitions@garda.ie
  4. Overpayments/Disciplines - 046 903 6816 - HRM.Overpayments@garda.ie
  5. Civilian Pay and Pensions - 046 903 6858 - HRM.CivilianPayandPensions@garda.ie
  6. Garda Pensions - 046 903 6841 - HRM-pension@garda.ie
  7. Corporate Services - 046 903 6857
  8. HR Administration – 046 903 6826
  9. Industrial Relations – 046 903 6830
  10. Garda Sick Leave - 046 903 6852 - HRM_Sick@garda.ie
  11. Civilian Sick Leave – 046 903 6852 - HRM.CivilianSick@garda.ie
  12. SAMS Helpdesk – 046 903 6890 - HRM.Sams.Helpdesk@garda.ie

Garda HR Directorate

The Directorate is responsible for most of the administrative and transactional HR functions for all garda members and civilian staff. Among the HR functions administered by the Directorate are the external recruitment of staff, pay and pensions; sick absence, annual leave and family friendly schemes (maternity, parental, adoptive, carers leave etc), personnel records, administration and statistics.  The following records held by the directorate will be made available directly or information in how to access them will be given.

Health and Safety:

The Health & Safety Section assists and advises the Acting Commissioner with his statutory functions under the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005, including the development of policy, programmes and procedures relating to Occupational Health & Safety for An Garda Síochána employees and visitors to Garda premises.  The Section also monitors the implementation, roll-out and compliance with such policies and procedures and other relevant Health & Safety legislation and Regulations, to ensure the safety of all members and employees of An Garda Síochána and visitors to Garda Stations and other premises in the Garda Estate.

Overseas:

Personnel in the Overseas Office are responsible for the deployment of serving members of An Garda Síochána on secondment to the United Nations, European Union and OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) on peace-keeping duty overseas, in co-ordination with the Departments of Justice & Equality and Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Members are selected for such duties and appropriate training is provided for the selected members prior to deployment.  A Head of Delegation is selected for the duration of the deployment, to ensure the members, who remain subject to the regulations and discipline code etc., of An Garda Síochána while deployed overseas, comply with same and to ensure and monitor the safety and welfare of the members while overseas.

Pay & Pensions Section (Garda and civilian)

Civilian pay-scales

These circulars are now available on www.circulars.gov.ie

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2014/02.pdf  

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2013/08.pdf  

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/finance/2009/28.pdf 

Policy documents/Basis for decision-making for all Pay & Pensions functions:

Civilian Pensions related Circulars & Superannuation Handbooks

http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/superAnnHBs.asp

Superannuation Handbook and Guidance Notes: Established Civil Service Scheme – Updated December 06

http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/SuperannuationHandbookandGuidanceDec20061.pdf

Superannuation Handbook and Guidance Notes: Non-Established State Employees Scheme – Updated December 07

http://www.cspensions.gov.ie/SuperannuationHandbookNonEstablishedDecember%2007.pdf

Circular 19/2012 – Commencement of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme

http://circulars.gov.ie/pdf/circular/per/2012/19.pdf

These circulars are available on www.circulars.gov.ie

Circular 11/2012 - Public Service Pension Reform: revised ill-health and death in service arrangements for part-time public servants.

Circular 12/2009 Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement

  • Re: Circular 12/2009: Q&A for the Civil Service
  • Re: Circular 12/2009: Clarification in relation to the payment of the balance of the 90% lump sum at normal preserved pension age under the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement

Circular 10/2008: Public Service Pension Reform: Revised method of reckoning variable pensionable allowances for pension purposes - June 08

Circular 33/2007: Civil Service Superannuation Arrangements - Oct 07

Circular 4/2006: Purchase of Notional Service for Superannuation Purposes by Established and Non Established Civil Servants - June 06

Circular 3/2006: Civil Service Pension Schemes - Extension of time limit for option for access outlined in Circular 20/2005, and clarification of revised pension arrangements for part-time service - April 06

Circular 20/2005 – Public Service Pension Reform: Revised arrangements for part-time public servants - July 05

Circular 19/2005 - Public Service Pension Reform: Revised method of calculation of pension entitlement for public servants whose pensions are integrated with social welfare benefits - July 05

Circular 10/2005 - Public Service Pension Reform: Introduction of cost neutral early retirement - April 05

Circular 9/2005 - Public Service Pension Reform: Revised rate of compound interest for use in the calculation of refunds to the Exchequer - April 05

Circular 8/2005: Public Service Pension Reform: New scheme for the award of professional, technical and specialist added years to certain new entrant staff of the Civil and Public Service. - April 05

Scott Medal Awards.

A list of Scott Medal Awardees is available here

Sick Leave Section

  • All Sick Leave files/records will be releasable outside of FOI to the individual they relate to only.  
  • End of year statistics as reported to DPER and published on the DPER website http://hr.per.gov.ie/sick-leave/ showing sick leave rates and costs for both Sworn and Civilian staff.

  

The 2013 - 2016 sick leave statistics can be found via the following link –

Public Service Sick Leave Statistics and Trends 2013 - 2016

 

Public Service Sick Leave Regulations, Circulars, FAQs, Critical Illness Protocol Forms etc are listed on this link.

Competitions Support Unit

We will make available to individual staff members all information in relation to his/her interview on request, as appropriate.

Resource Management

+  Garda year end staffing figures for 2011 - 2015 are now available here.
 

+ Monthly civilian staffing figures broken down by grade and station (these would be subject to both policing and security issues) 

+ Personnel files for Garda and Civilian members will be made available to each individual upon request. This includes all their records relating to civilian staff and their positions on transfer lists or seniority lists if requested.      

        
Appointments Office

We will make available to all recruits on request from the individual.

  • A copy of their application form
  • A copy of their medical report
  • A copy of their PCT results
  • Emails sent to or from the applicant
  • Copies of any correspondence issued to them from the appointments office  

Bullying and Harassment/Grievance files

Any person who invokes the Bullying & Harassment/Grievances Policy/Procedures is entitled to information relating to them only. A copy of the complaint can be requested by complainant and person complained of only. 

> All Circulars/Directives relating to these processes will be made available.

Civilian Members                   

Dignity at Work – An Anti-Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy for the Irish Civil Service      

          Circular 11/2001 – Revised Grievance Procedures 

Doctor Payment Scheme 

Doctors who are subject to this scheme are entitled to information relating to the costs incurred by them.  Any circulars relating to the scheme are published on the DPER website.


IR issues

  • We will publish all general agreements e.g. Croke park, Haddington Road.

Circular 08/2010:Redeployment Scheme setting out arrangements to apply in the Civil Service and between the Civil Service and Non-Commercial State Sponsored Bodies (NCSSBs) as set out in the Public Service Agreement 2010-14 (the Croke Park Agreement)

Circular 13/2014:Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 … 2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) and the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 - Application of sections 2.24 and 2.25 of the Haddington Road Agreement to all Staff other than Teachers and SNAs employed by ETBs

Disability Liaison Officer

  • In 2014, 66 (2.747%) civilian staff members declared that they have a disability.  
  • In 2014 - One Ergonomically Tailored Chair was purchased to accommodate a civilian staff member in the workplace.

Discipline

While the best care has been taken to include all the relevant circulars, there may be additional circulars available on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform website.

Retirement/Departure statistics (by rank/grade, by year, departure type for civilian staff and Garda members).

Civilian Retirement Statistics 2017 departures civilian staff 

2017 Jan Feb Mar  Apr  May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
Compulsory 3 2 1 1 3 3 1 14
Age 3 2 2 4 6 2 4 1 24
Ill Health 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 11
Death in Service 1 1 2
Resignation 4 2 2 2 1 1 2 5 4 2 4 29
CNER* 1 1 2
TOTALS 11 3 7 8 2 9 7 2 14 9 4 6 82

*CNER – Cost Neutral Early Retirement Scheme

Garda Retirement Statistics 2017 Sworn Members

2017 Vol. Retire Compul Retire Medical Discharge Dismiss on Prob Resign Dismissal Death* CNER Dismiss CNER Total
January 15 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 20
February 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
March 16 3 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 26
April 11 5 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 20
May 13 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 20
June 10 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 16
July 5 7 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 20
August 1 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 8
September 52 6 2 0 3 1 3 0 0 67
October 23 2 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 32
November 11 3 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 20
December 10 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 20
Total 172 53 7 0 40 1 8 1 0 282

*CNER – Cost Neutral Early Retirement Scheme 

Garda Retirement Statistics 2017 Sworn Members by Rank

2017 Comm Deputy Comm Assistant Comm Chief Super Super Inspector Sgt Garda Total
January 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 10 20
February 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 8 13
March 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 17 26
April 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 12 20
May 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 14 20
June 0 0 1 0 1 2 5 7 16
July 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 14 20
August 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 8
September 1 0 0 2 4 7 14 39 67
October 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 21 32
November 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 13 20
December 0 0 0 1 2 0 8 9 20
Total 1 0 3 6 11 20 72 169 282

The following is a breakdown of the statistics for family friendly initiatives to 31/12/17 for civilian staff and Garda members.

Parental Leave to 31/12/2017

  No. of Applicants
Garda 321
Sergeant 27
Inspector 2
Total 350

Worksharing to 31/12/2017

  No W/S on 31/12/2017
Garda 100
Sergeant 7
Inspector 0
Total 107

Career Breaks to 31/12/2017

  No. on C/B at 31/12/2017
Garda 59
Sergeant 4
Inspector 0
Total 63

Incentivised Career Break at 31/12/2017

  Currently on ICB
Garda 94
Sergeant 4
Inspector 0
Total 98

Shorter Working Year to 31/12/2017

  Staff availing of SWY yr to date No of weeks taken yr to date
Garda 142 966
Sergeant 1 144
Inspector 21 6
Total 164 1116

Carers Leave to 31/12/2017

  No currently on Carer’s Leave
Garda 3
Sergeant 2
Inspector 0
Total 5

Maternity Leave to 31/12/2017

  On Mat Leave at 31/12/2017 Commenced Mat Leave 2017
Garda 85 216
Sergeant 3 12
Inspector 0 0
Total 88 228

Unpaid Mat Leave to 31/12/2017

  On Unpaid Mat at 31/12/2017 Commenced Unpaid Mat Yr to date
Garda 33 176
Sergeant 1 6
Inspector 0 0
Total 34 182
The following is a breakdown of the statistics for family friendly initiatives 2017 to the 31st December for civilian staff of An Garda Síochána.

Parental Leave        

Grade No of Applicants
TCO 3
CO 178
EO 21
HEO 13
AP 1
Teacher 1
Other 3
Total 220

Work Sharing

Grade Staff W/S on 31/12/2017
Cleaner 3
TCO 1
CO 299
EO 35
HEO 3
Accountant 1
Teacher 2
Total 344

Career Break

Grade  No. on Career Break at 31/12/2017
Cleaner 1
CO 22
EO 5
HEO 1
Total 29

Shorter Working Year Scheme 

Grade Staff availing of SWY in 2017 No. of Weeks
Cleaner 17 107
Services Attendant 1 2
Traffic Warden 5 52
CO 297 1473
EO 58 243
HEO 2 8
AP 3 12
Teacher 3 29
Total 386 1926

Maternity Leave

Grade Staff who commenced Maternity leave during 2017 Staff on Maternity Leave at 31/12/2017
CO 41 18
EO 7 6
HEO 2 0
AP 1 0
Other 1 1
Total 52 25

Unpaid Maternity Leave

Grade Staff who commenced Unpaid Maternity leave during 2017 Staff on Unpaid Maternity Leave at 31/12/2017
AP 1 0
HEO 3 0
EO 2 0
CO 23 4
Other 2 1
Total 31 5
  

Carer’s Leave

Grade Staff on Carer’s Leave at 31/12/2017
EO 2
CO 3
Total

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+ Policy documents pertaining to all Family Friendly Schemes – including Circulars, HQ Directives, Office Notices etc.

The following circulars are available on ww.circulars.gov.ie

Circular 22/2009 - Bereavement Leave in the Civil Service

Circular 4/2013 - Career Break Scheme in the Civil Service

Circular 20/2008 - Parental Leave in the Civil Service - new provisions

Circular 14/2009 – Shorter Working Year Scheme

Circular 31/2001 - Civil Service Worksharing Scheme

Circular 11/2013 - Revision of Working Hours and Flexible Working Arrangements for Civil Servants

Circular 12/2013 - Amendment to the Civil Service Worksharing Scheme

Circular 27/2003 - Annual Leave

Circular 05/2010 - Force Majeure and Other Urgent Family Reasons Leave

Circular 30/06: Adoptive Leave Act 2005

Circular 7/1982 - Special leave with pay on marriage

Circular 20/2008: Parental Leave in the Civil Service

Circular 9/1987 - Increments

Circular 16/1999 Special Corrective Appliances required for work with display screen equipment and visual display units

The following legislation is available on www.irishstatutebook.ie

Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997

Parental Leave Act, 1998

Parental Leave (Amendment) Act, 2006 Maternity Protection Act, 1994

Adoptive Leave Act, 2005

S.I. No. 63/1925 - The Garda Síochána Pensions Order

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1925/en/si/0063.html#zzsi63y1925

S.I. No. 32/1933 Garda Síochána (Pensions) Act, 1933

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1933/en/act/pub/0032/print.html

S.I. No. 41/1947 GARDA SIOCHANA (PENSIONS) ACT, 1947

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1947/act/41/enacted/en/print

S.I. No. 410/1951 - Garda Síochána Pensions Order, 1951

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1951/en/si/0410.html

S.I. No. 199/1981 - Garda Síochána Pensions Order, 1981

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1981/en/si/0199.html  

  • Individual Pension files can be made available to individual staff members to view.