Saturday 18 November 2017

GRA boss survives confidence motion

Pat Ennis General Secretary of the GRA. Photo: Frank McGrath
Pat Ennis General Secretary of the GRA. Photo: Frank McGrath

Niall O'Connor and Anne Marie Walsh

Under-fire Garda Representative Association (GRA) chief executive Pat Ennis has survived a vote of no confidence.

The result of the ballot was 25 votes to 16 in Mr Ennis's favour.

GRA members tabled the motion in direct response to his handling of the negotiations with Garda management last week.

The anger centred upon the decision by Mr Ennis and others to agree to a derogation at a meeting in Garda management on Thursday morning, just hours before the planned strike action was due to take place.

GRA figures said the decision was taken without the consent of the wider executive, which, they argued, represented a breach of trust.

Nonetheless, after a series of emotional contributions at yesterday's meeting of the GRA CEC, Mr Ennis was declared to have survived the vote.

However, sources said the vote has proven extremely damaging for the union - which will now ballot members on the Labour Court pay deal.

It is understood the union will tomorrow formally recommend that the deal be accepted. Meanwhile, the national executive of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has recommended that its members accept the Labour Court proposals.

It previously described the recommendation as a "victory" after winning the right to access the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court during industrial disputes.

The AGSI will now hold an information seminar for its 31 branch committees.

Irish Independent

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