Commissioner: Gardai will have to work St Patrick's Day
THE Garda Commissioner has said gardai protesting over proposed pay cuts will be have to work St Patrick's Day if they are asked.
Members of the force have been refusing to work overtime in a dispute over proposed cuts to their pay.
However, garda management have moved to clarify that St Patrick's Day - which is one of the biggest policing events of the year - is an "exceptional event", which requires a garda to work if required.
Earlier, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said management told them they could be breaking the law in their ongoing protests against the new Croke Park proposals.
Last week, the AGSI had a note on its website that told members they cannot be compelled to work St Patrick's Day if they are not rostered on.
Garda management then held a meeting with the AGSI and said the message could be in contravention of the Garda Síochána Act and they could be guilty of an offence.
The message has since been removed from the AGSI’s website.
A spokesman for the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the move was to ensure the safety of the public and of its members.