Saturday 21 October 2017

Threat of action last thing commissioner needs as she tries to win back public support

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Anne-Marie Walsh

Already battling to come to terms with Brexit, now the Government faces 'Grexit'. The decision by 11,600 gardaí to depart from the safe haven of public service agreements is bad timing for the Justice Minister and Garda Commissioner.

The teachers, from the Government's perspective, are also on the wrong side of the fence. At least it has breathing space until September before there is likely to be a showdown.

But the garda row could have an immediate effect on running the force, which is already under siege, not just from the terrifying gangland threat but the Policing Authority and other critics in the wake of whistleblower allegations. The last thing the commissioner needs as she tries to win back the public is a serious threat from the rank and file.

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