Garda management 'ignoring concerns of rank and file'
Garda management is ignoring the concerns of rank and file members and only implementing reforms that benefit the interests of the top brass, it has been claimed.
Delegates at the annual conference of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) will today call on Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan to "stand up" for the ordinary garda who has suffered most from several years of cutbacks and austerity.
"We find that garda management only pays lip service to the concerns of our members on the ground and they are not taking on board what we are saying," said outgoing GRA president Dermot O'Brien.
"One of our motions at this conference will be to demand that there be continuous professional development for all personnel which is just not happening," he added.
He will call on the Commissioner to support her officers on the ground when she addresses the conference today.
"Our concerns about pay and conditions and the threats we face are not being taken seriously," Mr O'Brien said, adding that patience among his members was wearing thin.