Eight Gardaí were paid over €50,000 euro each in overtime last year.
According to freedom of information figures, the total Garda overtime bill has increased by almost a third in the past two years.
An Garda Siochána spent just under €130 million on overtime for gardai and civilian staff last year.
That's up €16 million from 2021, and is €31 million more than in 2020.
One sergeant got nearly €65,000 in overtime last year.
Brendan O'Connor, from the Garda Representative Association, says the total bill is so high due to staff shortages in the force.
"The number of guards is actually falling due to failures to meet the recruitment targets and increasing number of people who are choosing to resign, and also the natural wastage from retirement.
"So you've less people trying to deliver the same service.
"Members are being directed on their time off to come in because the shortages of staff for major events and on other demands."
Latest figures show there are 14,211 gardai in the force.
The government has pledged to increase that to 15,000 and beyond.