Tuesday 28 March 2017

The Government was inept in keeping the public informed of what was happening

The Garda Emergency Response Unit take part in a training exercise at Drogheda Port Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Garda Emergency Response Unit take part in a training exercise at Drogheda Port Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Jim O'Callaghan

The decision of the Garda representative organisations to defer yesterday's strike should be welcomed. Hopefully, the recommendations of the Labour Court will now lead to a permanent resolution of this dispute.

It should. The prospect of such a strike caused many people, particularly the elderly, to fear for their safety. That response reveals the extent to which so many of us depend on the gardaí in our daily lives. It also reveals that never again should the Irish public be exposed to the risk of losing the protection of the gardaí.

In functioning democracies such as ours, workers should be entitled to strike. However, there are some jobs which are so important and upon which the public is so reliant that the right to strike cannot exist. One such job is being a member of An Garda Síochána.

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