5 December 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has welcomed the outcome of the ballot of members of the Garda Representative Association on the recommendation of the Labour Court. 

Speaking this evening, the Tánaiste said:  

“No-one, be it the Government, Gardaí themselves or the public, wanted to see industrial action that would have damaged the hard-earned reputation of An Garda Síochána.  

“The independent recommendation of the Labour Court sought to address the concerns that have been articulated by the representative bodies in relation to their pay and conditions, the pay and conditions of new recruits, and their access to the statutory dispute resolution bodies. 

“The outcome is one which is in the best interests of An Garda Síochána and the community they serve so well.  

“My Department and I now look forward to working with the GRA towards progressing access to the statutory resolution bodies and their engagement with the Public Service Pay Commission.  

“I want to thank all involved in the negotiations that resulted in today’s outcome.”