Last ditch efforts are taking place in an effort to prevent an unprecedented strike by gardai taking place this Friday.
With less that 48 hours now to go, it’s emerged that the AGSI and GRA will attend separate hearings at the Labour Court today and tomorrow.
Meanwhile, local people and a retired Garda from the north west have been given their views on a potential strike to Ocean FM today.
The GRA has been invited to attend a hearing this afternoon, while their middle ranking AGSI colleagues are due in tomorrow morning.
Fianna Fáil is calling for this Friday’s action to be postponed, pending the outcomes of the hearings.
The party’s Justice spokesman had this warning this morning about the impact of the strike:
The head of the AGSI says the focus of the next two days needs to be on finding a resolution.
Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has already instructed every member to turn up for work on Friday.
AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham says the issues at stake were well flagged:
Retired Garda in Manorhamilton, Gerry Murphy, served in the force for almost 40 years.
He told Ocean FM today that the issue is not just about pay but comes down to a lack of confidence in the leadership:
Meanwhile, these people who spoke to Ocean FM News on the streets of Sligo today were largely supportive of the gardai.
And some, particularly older people, were concerned about what will happen on Friday if the garda strike goes ahead.