Tuesday 24 April 2018

Income before investment may not be the best choice

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

RARELY has the case been put so bluntly. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has made it plain that they will not co-operate with the upgrading of the force's equipment unless their pay claims were dealt with first.

That assumes there will be a second stage. Deal with the pay, then invest in the plant and equipment. This is the assumption on which the Irish public sector has operated since the foundation of the State, despite 95 years of evidence that the assumption is wrong.

The evidence is all around us; not least in the Garda. Its computer equipment is described as "prehistoric", many of its stations remain unfit for purpose.

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