Rank and file Garda members in Co Longford are to press ahead with a planned protest against proposed cuts to pay and conditions.
Amid mounting anger among members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents around 11,000 gardai, leading figures re-affirmed their intention to press ahead with a planned protest today (Friday).
As part of those measures, members will stop using personal equipment such as cars, phones, or laptops for official Garda duties.
Despite assurances that the wider public would not unduly suffer as a result, sources have revealed certain parts of the county will notice the enforced changes.
“Mobile phones won’t be used which means members will be uncontactable and if there is no patrol car available this will also have an impact because before, when one mightn’t have been to hand, personal cars would have been used,” a source told longfordleader.ie today.
However, it has also been confirmed that all Gardai will be contactable whilst on duty on their personal issue radios with assurances that the protest will have no impact whatsoever on the Granard Policing District in particular.
Representatives from the GRA held talks with Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on Wednesday (Feb 20) as government chiefs look to obtain further reductions in the public service pay bill. Members were locked in discussions for over two-and-a-half hours with the commissioner at the Garda headquarters in Dublin’s Phoenix Park following their recent vote of no confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
And according to some, the feeling at a local level couldn’t be more divisive with one source describing morale as being “very poor” in certain pockets of the county.