Monday 21 August 2017

Danger on street and pay cuts 'will force gardai out'

As the search for the killers of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe continues, anger and frustration among rank-and-file members and senior officers at the threats they face and changes in conditions is increasing, writes Jim Cusack

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

The callous murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, combined with cuts to pay and conditions, has created a perfect storm of anger and discontent among rank-and-file gardai.

Senior Garda sources, normally loath to criticise the job, are now predicting an exodus of senior officers. They also believe that the Government's offer of €15,000 to junior gardai to take a three-year sabbatical will attract serious interest among increasingly disillusioned members of the force.

Understandably, the murder of Det Gda Donohoe has created widespread despondency within the police force but sources say the large numbers of gardai being injured, almost on a daily basis, has been a source of worry and anger especially over the last few years. In short, gardai believe that their work is undervalued by the State.

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