Tom Brady: Move sure to infuriate unions and erode policing on streets
Published 05/01/2013 | 05:00
The Government seems to be hell-bent on being on a collision course with the gardai after its decision to slash payroll spending on the force.
With the ban on recruitment likely to stay in place for some time, it makes financial sense for the Department of Justice to reduce the budget by making allowances for around 400 members of the force to leave in 2013 through normal retirements, resignations and deaths.
But from the evidence of previous years, there is no justification to support the calculated gamble to stop providing money for up to a thousand gardai.