Friday 9 December 2016

Specialist units had important role to play in Blue Flu walkout

Published 22/10/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí inspect the blue van which was used in the armed robbery attempt in Ashford, Co Wicklow, in 1998 Picture: Dominic Ledwidge O'Reilly
Gardaí inspect the blue van which was used in the armed robbery attempt in Ashford, Co Wicklow, in 1998 Picture: Dominic Ledwidge O'Reilly

A crucial element in whatever contingency plans are drawn up by the garda authorities if the proposed strike by the three biggest ranks of the force goes ahead next month will be the deployment of specialist units, who have agreed to turn up for work.

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Officers attached to the Emergency Response Unit, the five Regional Support Units outside Dublin and the Technical Bureau will be at the ready to respond to serious incidents.

The importance of their availability during a dispute was underlined back in 1998, when rank-and- file members of the force first withdrew their labour.

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