Sunday 4 December 2016

Country's newest gardai told they 'owe hundreds of euro to the State'

Robin Schiller and Niall O'Connor

Published 02/11/2016 | 23:13

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The country's newest gardaí have been told they owe hundreds of euro back to the State because an increment was apparently paid in error.

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Payslips issued to hundreds of probation officers stated that they have been overpaid by up to €800.

Independent.ie has seen copies of the payslips which show the significant deductions.

The move has caused consternation and deep upset among members of force.

However, some sources within garda and government circles suggested that the officers were paid extra wages in error.

It's understood the issue was discussed at Wednesday night's meeting of the executive committee of the Garda Representative Authority.

A Garda spokesman said no comment is available as "all other sections" of the force are "currently closed".

However, officials within the Department of Justice are examining the issue.

Sources told Independent.ie that responsibility for payment of salaries falls within the force, and not the Government. The Government pays over a sum of money each year for salaries and wages.

Members of the GRA, which include probation officers, saw their increments frozen in July after the union voted to remain outside of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

However, garda sources said those affected included probation officers who were willing to work on Friday and therefore were owed the increments.

Some of the officers in question, sources say, may be deployed in the control room in Harcourt Square.

It's understood Garda management weren't aware of the issue and that such payments are made out of a shared financial services centre in Killarney, Co Kerry.

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