Wednesday 18 October 2017

Garda strike marks turning point for force - but cool heads are needed

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Caroline Quinn
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Caroline Quinn
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Before embarking on their infamous Blue Flu action, which resulted in rank-and-file members of the Garda reporting sick, the membership of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) agreed to allow certain personnel to work to deal with emergencies.

These included a group of anti-terrorist officers from the Emergency Response Unit who were involved in a special operation.

At the time, the leadership of the GRA were not aware of the details, but accepted assurances from the authorities about its urgency.

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