This week’s unprecedented Garda strike looks set to go ahead.
The Garda Representative Association has rejected a deal aimed at averting the threatened action. Talks between Department of Justice officials and the AGSI – which represents middle ranking Gardaí – are due to resume again today.
The GRA executive spent much of the night in talks about the deal. They had travelled to Dublin from all over the country in case they could find agreement – in the end, they couldn’t – although they remain open to further talks.
The deal was believed to have included a plan for a €4,000 allowance to be restored to officers, as well as additional pay for time spent briefing colleagues before the start of a new shift.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe says the Government had proposed a substantial offer and they are disappointed by the rejection, but remain committed to exploring every option to resolve the matter, within the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
The AGSI are set to resume discussions today as efforts continue to try and avert Friday’s threatened action.