Gardaí knew when they joined force that they could not strike
"A policeman's lot is not a happy one" went a song in famed Gilbert and Sullivan opera 'The Pirates of Penzance'.
Unfortunately, if the police are not doing their job - keeping the peace, preventing crime, and helping to bring law breakers to justice - society's lot will be not be a happy one either.
If our gardaí go on strike, they will be putting the safety and security of millions of people at risk. I sympathize with their call for full restoration of pay to pre-recession levels. It is a reasonable demand in view of the vital, in many cases life-saving, service that our police force offers all of us, and I am conscious too of the gardaí who have died while fighting crime. They are heroes of whom we can all be proud.