Limerick garda overtime bill hits €800k as local spend is highest in years

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Henry Street garda station is the divisional headquarters

Henry Street garda station is the divisional headquarters

GARDA overtime payments in Limerick totalled more that €800,000 during the first quarter of this year, it has been confirmed.

According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, the total amount of money paid to gardai across the Limerick division between January and March was €839, 684 – the highest amount paid in any quarter for several years.

Overtime payments totaling €6,930 were paid to civilian members of the force locally during the three month period.

While the reason for the increased spending has not been disclosed, it is understood a significant amount of it related to the murder investigations which were launched following the deaths of Rose Hanrahan and Martin Clancy in December 2017.

Earlier this year it was confirmed the total overtime paid to gardai in Limerick during  2017 was €2,501,551.

According to the figures, the highest payment of overtime in Limerick last year - €665,968 - was recorded during the three month period between July and September.  €513,693 was paid during the first quarter of 2017 – €325,991 less than the same period this year.

The overtime which was paid in Limerick last year represented an increase of more than €1m on what was paid during 2016. During that year, €1,472,035 was paid to gardai while €11,437 was paid to civilian members of the force locally.

In 2015, overtime payments totalled €1,469,019 while in 2014 payments totalled €919,121.

The figures do include a district-by-district breakdown but it’s understood the vast majority of payments locally were made to personnel attached to Henry Street and Roxboro Road garda stations.

A break-down of overtime payments by rank is also not included in the figures.

According to the figures, the vast majority of overtime payments to gardai between January and March were made to members of the force working in various divisions within the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR).