Wednesday 13 December 2017

Last woman standing

The Garda Commissioner has put her stamp on the strike negotiations but there is trouble ahead

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The 11th-hour cancellation of the Garda strike prevented a national security headache and has enhanced Noirin O'Sullivan's reputation. At least in political circles. Rank and file members of the force which she leads may have another opinion.

Officially, the strike plan had nothing to do with the Garda Commissioner. Pay is negotiated between the Garda associations and the Minister for Justice. However, O'Sullivan still managed to leave her stamp on how to deal with the unprecedented industrial action threatened by more than 12,000 gardai, sergeants and inspectors.

On Tuesday, on legal advice she cancelled all leave and ordered gardai to present for duty on the planned strike day. That was an empty threat, given the logistics of disciplining some 12,000 members of the force.

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