Sunday 25 June 2017

Gardaí to come out during strike 'only if victim in danger'

'Burglaries and road traffic accidents where there is no serious injury or threat to life may not be immediately responded to during the strike by rank and file members, sergeants and inspectors next week' (stock photo)
'Burglaries and road traffic accidents where there is no serious injury or threat to life may not be immediately responded to during the strike by rank and file members, sergeants and inspectors next week' (stock photo)
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Senior gardaí will work off a priority list in the upcoming strike with life-threatening and violent crimes tackled first. Less serious incidents may not be investigated on the day.

Burglaries and road traffic accidents where there is no serious injury or threat to life may not be immediately responded to during the strike by rank and file members, sergeants and inspectors next week.

The Irish Independent has learned details of the likely contingency plan which means murders, serious assaults and aggravated burglaries would be responded to.

But senior Garda sources said non-fatal road traffic accidents and burglaries where there was no violence and the intruder has already left would be less likely to get an immediate response.

"The first thing that will be considered when a report is made is whether there is an immediate risk to someone's life. Is the person in danger right now and do we need to intervene?" said a senior Garda source.

"To be blunt about things, if someone is not in immediate risk, then there may be a decision that an urgent Garda response is not required."

Meanwhile, a bid to avert the strike is under way, with the Government agreeing to use the industrial relations system.

Irish Independent

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