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Higher percentage of women leaving Gardaí than are in the force - Ó Snodaigh

3 January, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has revealed that the number of female officers resigning from the Gardaí for three of the last five years is higher proportionally to the number of female members of the force. Deputy Ó Snodaigh has called for an immediate investigation into the reasons why a high proportion of female officers are leaving the force.

He said, "In response to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern that for three of the last five years the percentage of women resigning from the force is higher than the percentage of women in the force.

"This is a worrying revelation and requires an immediate investigation into the reasons why a high proportion of women are resigning. We need to know if bullying is playing a part or if the traditional pressures which keep women from the workforce are at play.

"Either way the issues pertaining to this situation must be identified and dealt with effectively to encourage more women to join the Gardaí." ENDS

QUESTION NO: 58

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Ahern)
by Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
for ORAL on Thursday, 18th December, 2008.

addressed to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Ahern)

To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will make a statement of the rate of resignation of female members from An Garda Síochána over the past five years.

- Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin


REPLY.

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of female members of An Garda Síochána who have resigned from the force and the number of total resignations from the force in each of the past five years and including this year to the 30 November 2008, the latest date for which figures are readily available, is as set out hereunder.

addressed to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. Ahern)

Year

Female Resignations

Total Resignations

2004

5

24

2005

12

33

2006

8

44

2007

8

62

30/11/2008

15

44

I have also been informed by the Commissioner that the number of female members of the force, as of the 30 November 2008, was 3,133, which represents 21.7% of the total strength of the force.

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