Gardaí were on sick leave for an average of 12 days each last year, according to new figures.
Around 157,000 garda days were lost last year in the 12,800-strong force, at a salary cost alone of €11 million.
The Garda Inspectorate has calculated that every one-day reduction in the average annual sick leave by all gardaí is the equivalent of putting an extra 70 gardaí on the beat.
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