Sunday 19 November 2017

Contingency plans for garda strikes have not been discussed

Frances Fitzgerald and Noirín O'Sullivan
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The Justice Minister has not yet discussed contingency plans for dealing with proposed industrial action by gardaí with Commissioner Noirín O'Sullvan next month.

Department of Justice sources say they consider such arrangements to be an operational matter for the management of An Garda Síochana.

Four days of industrial action have been scheduled by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) in November.

On Friday inspectors and sergeants will refuse to sign on to the garda PULSE computer system between 7am and 7pm.

Sources said the minister and her officials were focused on seeking a resolution to the current dispute in a bid to avoid industrial action taking place.

The department is due to meet with AGSI on Thursday and further talks will be held with the GRA on Friday and is "focused on finding a resolution".

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