Friday 26 May 2017

Gardaí risk their lives to save ours - they deserve fair pay

‘Gardaí face abuse and danger on a daily basis’ Picture: Tom Burke
‘Gardaí face abuse and danger on a daily basis’ Picture: Tom Burke
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Leo Varadkar has taken a hardline stance on the proposed strike by gardaí. The Social Protection Minister has called on gardaí "to reflect on their position in society". Perhaps it is time for society to reflect on the same question. How much, or more importantly, how little do we value An Garda Síochána?

Gardaí are not like other members of the public service. They do not work in safe environments. They do not work nine to five. They do not have flexitime. However, they do face abuse, assault and danger on a daily basis.

The majority do this while being unarmed, placing them among the very few unarmed police forces in the world. Do not forget this.

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