Garda Compensation Scheme

The Irish Garda Compensation Scheme serves as a vital safety net for members of the Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force, who encounter physical or psychological injuries while carrying out their duties. This scheme recognises the unique challenges and risks faced by law enforcement officers and aims to provide them with financial and medical support, ensuring their well-being as they protect and serve the community. Under The Garda Siochana (Compensation) Act 2022, applications under the Garda Compensation Scheme, when deemed admissible, are now assessed by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

What is the purpose of the Irish Garda Compensation Scheme?

The Irish Garda Compensation Scheme aims to provide financial and medical support to members of the Garda Síochána who sustain injuries or illnesses in the course of their duties. Injuries must be as a result of a malicious incident to qualify under the Scheme.

What types of injuries or incidents are covered under the scheme?

The scheme covers a wide range of injuries or illnesses that occur in the line of duty, including physical injuries and psychological injuries.

Are psychological injuries and trauma covered by the scheme?

Yes, the Garda Compensation Scheme does cover psychological injuries and trauma arising from a malicious incident.

Who is eligible to benefit from the Garda Compensation Scheme?

Eligibility typically extends to serving members of the Garda Síochána, as well as certain retired members or the dependents of deceased Garda members..

How does the compensation process work for Garda members?

The compensation process typically involves filing a claim with the Garda Compensation Section.  An application must be submitted with a period of 6 months. The application is initially assessed by the Garda Compensation Section. If approved, the Garda Compensation section submits an application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board on behalf of the member. Compensation is provided based on the nature and severity of the injury in line with the Personal Injuries Guidelines.

Can members of the Garda Síochána access legal assistance when navigating the compensation process?

Yes, Garda members can seek legal assistance when navigating the compensation process to ensure they receive the appropriate support and compensation they are entitled to under the scheme.

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