Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O'Sullivan
In the latest development in the ongoing dispute over pay for members of An Garda Síochána, the Garda Commissioner has written to all members directing them to report for duty during the period 7am November 4 to 7am November 5, 2016, despite the threat of strike action.
The Commissioner has also directed that all leave and rest days for Garda members for November 4, 2016 be cancelled.
A letter sent to all members of the policing service earlier today by Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan, stressed that strike action proposed by the GRA and AGSI on four dates commencing, November 4, "may irreparably compromise our authority to police the State. In addition, it will negatively impact on public confidence in An Garda Síochána and jeopardise the respect in which An Garda Síochána and each member of the Garda organisation is held."
She reminded gardai of the statutory obligation on each member "to protect the security of the state and to provide a policing service that ensures community safety and the protection of the public".
"The events of recent days and weeks have led to An Garda Síochána finding itself in an unprecedented situation," observed the Garda Commissioner in the letter released to the media this evening.
"In particular, the action proposed for Friday 4th November and subsequently is without precedent and is gravely damaging for the delivery of a policing and security service for this country as well as for An Garda Síochána as an organisation and each individual member of An Garda Síochána," she added.
She then ordered all annual leave and rest days in respect of every member of An Garda Síochána on the November 4, 2016 be cancelled and directed all members to make themselves available for duty from 7am on November 4 to 7am on November 5, this year.
Discussions are continuing to try and resolve matter before Friday.