Callinan backs plan to examine salaries
GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan has come out in favour of the setting up of an independent commission to examine pay and conditions in the force.
Mr Callinan made his declaration of support yesterday at the annual conference of the Garda Representative Association in Westport.
His backing for the move is seen as significant and will put pressure on the Government to opt for an independent review to break the current logjam over pay cuts in the force.
The row over the cuts has already severed the relationship between Justice Minister Alan Shatter – who was not invited to the conference – and associations representing gardai up to the rank of inspector.
Earlier, the association had unanimously endorsed a motion calling for the establishment of a commission.
Mr Callinan said there was now a very real opportunity to take a close look at garda pay.
But he pledged to the delegates that he would continue to articulate the views about the financial hardships being endured by many members to those persons who needed to know, and he knew they were listening too.
He also promised that gardai in difficulties over paying mortgages would not be subjected to disciplinary regulations, provided there was genuine effort to deal with them.
Mr Callinan's address was met with silence from the delegates.