Figures revealed as to how many days Gardai missed last year from being suspended

Some of the figures that have been released in the past few weeks regarding the amount of days that Gardai missed out on for various different reasons in 2014 are very concerning. A Freedom of Information request was made last month by the Irish Times and information came back that Gardai missed 8,409 days due to suspensions in 2014. Some of those suspensions included are for the alleged leaking of information to a journalist by a garda and another was involved in a vehicle registration tax scam. Out of the 12,882 currently employed in the garda ranks, 247 of them missed more than 28 days of work through sickness last year, while a total of 139,937 days of garda work were lost through sick days. That's over 10 days per guard. Other reasons for garda absence are occupational injuries, which resulted in 36,144 missed days of work from gardai. More than 500 gardai were absent for the whole working year in 2014.

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