Probation officers 'owe money back' from wage after error
There was widespread anger within An Garda Síochána last night after the newest officers were warned they owe money back from their salary to the State.
Payslips issued to hundreds of probation officers warned they have been overpaid increments. The Irish Independent has seen copies of payslips showing deductions in the region of €400-€500.
The move has caused consternation among members of the force. The issue was reportedly raised at last night's meeting of the executive committee of the Garda Representative Authority (GRA).
Officials within the Department of Justice are understood to be miffed at the situation. Sources said 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 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.