Sunday 4 December 2016

Gardaí knew when they joined force that they could not strike

Published 06/10/2016 | 02:30

A garda on duty during a recent protest outside Dublin’s City Hall.
A garda on duty during a recent protest outside Dublin’s City Hall.

"A policeman's lot is not a happy one" went a song in famed Gilbert and Sullivan opera 'The Pirates of Penzance'.

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Unfortunately, if the police are not doing their job - keeping the peace, preventing crime, and helping to bring law breakers to justice - society's lot will be not be a happy one either.

If our gardaí go on strike, they will be putting the safety and security of millions of people at risk. I sympathize with their call for full restoration of pay to pre-recession levels. It is a reasonable demand in view of the vital, in many cases life-saving, service that our police force offers all of us, and I am conscious too of the gardaí who have died while fighting crime. They are heroes of whom we can all be proud.

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