We weren't golfing, say garda body chiefs
THE heads of an association representing senior gardai insisted that they did not go golfing in Spain while crucial talks on cutting garda pay were under way at home.
John Redmond, General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and AGSI President Willie Gleeson strongly denied newspaper reports that this caused them to miss an important meeting with Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
While they both said they were abroad for family reasons, they are threatening legal action over the media reports.
"I was not on holidays in Marbella in Spain playing golf. I've never played golf in my life. I'm too busy," Mr Gleeson said.
"I had to travel abroad to visit my daughter in Canada for a very good reason which I will not go into here today," he said.
"That story as appeared last week in the media was completely wrong," he said.
He was speaking as members of the Frontline Alliance – representing 70,000 gardai, firefighters, nurses and prison officers – met at Croke Park yesterday to form a united front against the proposed Croke Park II agreement.
Mr Gleeson added: "I did not miss any meeting with the commissioner or with anybody else, but I went abroad."