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Justice | The current total strength of An Garda Síochána by gender

To ask the Minister for Justice the current total strength of An Garda Síochána, by gender; and if she will make a statement on the matter.


As the Deputy will be aware, in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, which includes decisions on the deployment of personnel among the various Garda Divisions. As Minister, I have no role in these matters.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that at 31 May 2022, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 14,347 Garda members nationwide.

For the Deputy’s information the table below which has been provided to me by the Garda authorities, sets out the number of Gardaí by rank and gender at the end of May 2022.  

Rank Male FemaleTotal Strength 
Deputy Commissioner022
Assistant Commissioner639
Chief Superintendent35944
Total 10,3284,01914,347

The Government is committed to ensuring that An Garda Síochána has the resources it needs, with the unprecedented allocation provided in Budget 2022 of over €2 billion.

I understand that it is a matter for the Divisional Chief Superintendent to determine the optimum distribution of duties among the personnel available to them, having regard to the profile of each area within the Division and its specific needs. 

In the interests of transparency, further detailed information in relation to Garda numbers can be found on my Department’s website. This information is updated every month with the latest data provided by An Garda Síochána, and includes the number of Gardaí by station across the whole country.

The information can be found at the following link:



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