Gardaí reject roster and working-time changes
Plans for a new garda rostering system have been thrown into complete chaos.
The country's rank-and-file gardaí have voted to reject a new working-time agreement, which would have replaced the current duty rostering system that has been deemed unfit for purpose.
A majority of gardaí (68.8pc) voted against the controversial agreement.
The rejection of the working-time arrangement represents a resounding rebuke on the part of ordinary officers to the Government and Garda management.
But the outcome is particularly embarrassing for the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) which had negotiated the new arrangements with Garda HQ and the Department of Justice over several months.
The Irish Independent understands the CEC initially endorsed the new deal at board level before recommending it to the membership for a vote.
The results of the ballot is expected to dominate the agenda at the GRA's annual conference which takes place next week in Kilarney.
In a statement, outgoing GRA president Dermot O'Brien said the proposed working-time arrangements and revised rosters had been framed based on the issues identified by rank and filed gardaí.
"The Garda Representative Association and the Central Executive Committee is a democratic organisation based on democratic decisions made by its members," he said.
"We will now take this result on board and look at next steps. The number one priority of the Garda Representative Association is pay restoration and pay increases for our members," he added.