437. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Justice the number of members of An Garda Síochána that retired due to occupational injury in each of the years 2015 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [60103/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including Garda personnel matters. I, as Minister, have no role in such matters.
In order to assist the Deputy, the Garda authorities have provided me with the below table which outlines the number of Garda members that retired on medical grounds in each of the years from 2015 to date. The total number of 55 includes both ' ordinary ill health' and ' special ill health ' retirements as a result of an injury on duty. I am advised that information on the breakdown of these two categories is not to hand at this time.

Year Total retirements on medical grounds
2021* 6
2020 9
2019 11
2018 6
2017 7
2016 7
2015 9
Total 55

* Figures for 2021 up to 3 December 2021.