Stepping back from the point of no return
A society knows it is in trouble when threats becomes respectable. The Government is facing an unprecedented crisis with the decision of the AGSI to back their colleagues in the GRA and walk off the job.
Considering the pressures and threats that the force has endured in an exemplary history, without recourse to such drastic action, such a breakdown in trust is an indictment of all sides. But the Government had been warned many times that patience was exhausted.
Young gardaí are expected to put their lives on the line for €23,000 a year. We have now arrived at a situation where a force of just over 13,000 will strike on four days next month. Meanwhile, schools face being closed for seven days. All of this speaks to a failure to manage, and a deep sense of alienation. With soaring house costs and record rents, too many are finding it impossible to get by.