FIVE gardaí in Cork are currently on suspension, while more than 40 are on long-term sick leave.
That is according to figures provided by An Garda Síochána to The Echo, through the Freedom of Information Act.
Two gardaí in Cork city are currently on suspension, along with two in Cork West and one in Cork North.
Seventeen gardaí are on long-term sick leave in both Cork City and Cork North, while a further eight are on sick leave in Cork West.
No details were provided on how long the suspensions apply for, and why the gardaí are suspended.
Information on the length of time of leave for suspension, study leave, maternity leave or long term sick leave was denied on the grounds that it would not meet the public interest test, and could also lead to the identification of the gardaí involved.
Garda Representative Association general secretary Pat Ennis said: “All cases involving suspensions are treated with confidentiality by the GRA. Without commenting on any specific case, a balance must always be struck between the need for gardaí to observe the highest standards of integrity, while also respecting gardaí as working people with rights to fair procedure and proportionate approaches to investigation and sanction.
He added: “Suspensions can have implications beyond the garda in question.
“The rights of family, friends and associates of gardaí must also be considered in cases where external parties are involved in any investigation. Suspensions can also arise due to addiction and mental ill-health.
“In imposing sanctions, Garda management should be mindful that a suspended member may be in need of support.”