Wednesday 26 April 2017

Little sign an immovable Government will cut a deal with disgruntled gardaí

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham pictured alongside Solicitor Michael Hegarty (Smyth, O'Brien, Hegarty Solicitors) and John Jacob General Secretary at a press briefing following the AGSI vote at the Special Delegate Conference for a withdrawl of labour at the Sheraton Athlone. Pic Steve Humphreys
AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham pictured alongside Solicitor Michael Hegarty (Smyth, O'Brien, Hegarty Solicitors) and John Jacob General Secretary at a press briefing following the AGSI vote at the Special Delegate Conference for a withdrawl of labour at the Sheraton Athlone. Pic Steve Humphreys
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

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.

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