Garda decision to take strike action 'is a sign public policy no longer working'
In 1998, gardaí held their first work stoppage when they came down with the so-called Blue Flu.
To get around the legal restrictions on them going on strike, they called in sick to show their unhappiness with their wages.
Some 5,000 members of the force 'fell ill', and the end result was that 68pc of Dublin gardaí and all of them in other parts of the country did not show up for work. Stations closed, court sittings were cancelled and the Army was put on standby.