This Was A Stick Up


This afternoon.

Further to news no more Garda overtime was to be incurred this year, except in relation to the Hutch and Kinahan feud and patrols at Dublin Port…

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was “very concerned” at Mr Leahy’s instruction and “the only people who could possibly be pleased with this are criminals”.

In response, the Taoiseach said he shares the concerns about any ban on overtime in December.

However, he said, it was agreed by Cabinet yesterday that there will be a supplementary estimate for the Garda of €50m to cover pay, including €42m for overtime.

Mr Varadkar said that because overtime is paid for a month in arrears, this meant that December’s overtime would be covered in the 2018 budget.

Worth every cent.



Taoiseach says garda overtime bill will be paid for December (RTÉ)


9 thoughts on “This Was A Stick Up

  1. Joe Small

    Overtime is how the Gardaí make their serious money. In Q2 2017, average Garda weekly earnings were the highest in the public sector – at €1368. That’s over €70k per annum – and that’s an average. To put it in context, its 47% more than the average civil servant’s weekly earnings. Q3 2017 showed a minor dip for the Guards, to €1322, so maybe overtime was already being tapered off in recent months.

    1. postmanpat

      They need the extra money to pay mortgage off early, early retirement on part pension. get a taxi license (even turn the real taxi meter on from time to time. claim a meager €X in earnings when really you earned X + €????? cash) enjoy retired guard status to get away with x y & z on the roads and god knows where else. Guards . Lovey bunch of lads.

  2. Anomanomanom

    But how much of this overtime is for complete crap, like with the breath tests. How much overtime was wasted on that.

  3. phil

    You would think that the rank and file members would be delighted by the announcement that there will be no overtime in Dec. They are not happy, and I think that tells its own story …

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