GARDAI in Limerick have earned close to €1m in overtime since January, according to new figures published by the Depar-tment of Justice and Equality.
The figures, published by Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, show that a total of €966,164 was spent on overtime pay within the Limerick garda division, between January and August 2016.
The figures were published in response to a written answer query by Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath, who asked for a breakdown in overtime pay in Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Cork, Clare and Galway.
Of these garda districts, Limerick had the third highest amount spent on overtime, behind Tipperary at €969,942, and Laois/Offaly at €1.2m.
Cork City gardai received €627,021 in overtime pay, while Cork North and Cork West gardaí were paid more than €450,000.
Clare district gardai received €548,097 in overtime remunerations, according to the Government statistics.
Galway gardai received €902,590 and Waterford gardaí were paid €638,861 for overtime duties.
Minister Fitzgerald stated that the allocation of resources within An Garda Síochna is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, and that she has “no direct role in the matter”.
“I am advised by the garda authorities that garda overtime is recorded and analysed on a divisional basis and to compile the figures by geographical county could not be justified as it would involve a disproportionate amount of garda time and resources,” the Tánaiste stated last week.
It is understood that overtime figures, so far this year, were incurred by members on policing operations, such as the visit of US Vice-President Joe Biden, who visited in late 2015; events such as St Patrick’s Day festivities and the 1916 centenary celebrations; specific crime operations, such as Operation Thor; and District and Circuit Court duties.