Little sign an immovable Government will cut a deal with disgruntled gardaí
Make no mistake about it, the State is on the verge of an unprecedented policing crisis.
When sergeants and inspectors "withdraw their labour" on the same day as rank and file members of the force on November 4, it will be far worse than any Garda dispute in the past.
To put things in context, 5,000 gardaí took part in the infamous "blue flu" in 1998 when members called in sick in a row over pay levels. On that occasion the Army was put on standby, some garda stations closed and court sittings had to be cancelled.