Others will follow if gardaí win pay dispute
As Gardaí prepare to go Awol for the first time, the Garda Inspectorate delivered a withering critique of the force to the Dáil.
There would never be a good time for gardaí to risk breaking the law, doing irreparable harm to their reputation. But to do so in the face of these conclusions speaks to a level of concern that needs to be urgently addressed.
Unprecedented pressures can produce unforeseen consequences, and yesterday some of the frustrating but recurring issues that the force refuses to address were highlighted. In a damning analysis, it has been described as deeply resistant to change, where front-line services are not prioritised nor protected. Yet efforts to address problems have invariably been stonewalled.