Martina Devlin: Trust in the Garda damaged by even the hint of a strike - and it will never be regained
Once the Rubicon is crossed there is no going back. Beyond that river lies the point of no return.
Currently, rank-and-file gardaí are standing knee-deep in the Rubicon, wading towards conflict - and a different relationship with the public they serve.
But there is time to turn back still. The decision is not irrevocable.