Veteran of 30 years says his pay has been cut by one-fifth
GARDA Declan Lynch reckons his pay has been cut by about a fifth over the last two years of Budget cutbacks.
The 30-year veteran rubbished claims by Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin that garda pay had been cut by over 11pc.
"I know that if I look at my wage packet for two years ago to now, it is a hell of a lot more than 11pc," he claimed.
"We have people who have huge difficulties.
"The problem is that over the years, the demographic scenario has changed.
"When I joined the force, everybody lived where they worked.
"The only ones who travelled would have been those in city centre stations. Now, it's not unusual for people to be travelling an hour/hour and a half to work.
"I know of individuals who have single digit wages in their flat wage cheque."
Garda Lynch, who is based in Bray, warned that the Government could not keep cutting.
But with plans to close 31 garda stations, Garda Lynch (52) said he felt it was right for ministers to look at the service provided by the force.
"Closing the stations was on the cards for a long time," he said.
But he added: "I don't know if the savings are going to be that incredible"