Gardai are holding State to ransom
You don't need much of a forensic examination to work out the GRA's tale of penury is fiction, writes Jody Corcoran
ARE we now to expect that a garda who earns the guts of €60,000 a year might feel so under financial pressure as to enter a corner shop, hold a syringe to the neck of a shopkeeper and help himself to the contents of the till?
All because he has had a relatively modest pay cut, or has had to contribute a little more to his pension, thereby making him less able to afford his holiday home down the country or in the sun.
That, in effect, is what PJ Stone, the general secretary of the Garda Representative Association, warned last week might occur, so desperate, allegedly, had rank-and-file gardai become in these straitened times.