Tuesday 17 October 2017

Garda chiefs prepare for 'doomsday scenario' - Emergency strike plan will be activated

Emergency strike plan will be activated by Tuesday if gardai don't call off planned withdrawal of service

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Assistant Commissioner Eugene Corcoran
Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Assistant Commissioner Eugene Corcoran
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

In Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park, Assistant Commissioner Eugene Corcoran, the man who previously ran the Criminal Assets Bureau, is co-ordinating a national emergency plan of a kind never seen before in Ireland: how to secure and police the country in the event of around 12,800 rank and file gardai, sergeants and inspectors going on strike.

The unprecedented planned mass withdrawal of service has the potential to cause incalculable chaos, to seriously expose the security of the State, and threatens the safety of its citizens.

Unless talks this weekend avert it, the strike will run over four Fridays in November, running for 24 hours from 7am, beginning on Friday.

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