12 December 2016
The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has welcomed the publication of the Review under the Haddington Road Agreement conducted by Mr John Horgan, former Chair of the Labour Court. The Review deals with the remuneration and conditions of service of members of An Garda Síochána; and the appropriate structures and mechanism for the future resolution of matters relating to pay, industrial relations and attendance matters.
Speaking today, the Tánaiste said, “the recent industrial relations difficulties in An Garda Síochána make it imperative that we find new and better ways of doing our business and the Horgan Review will provide a valuable input into the drafting of the legislation that the Government is committed to enacting to give the Garda Associations statutory access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.”
The Tánaiste concluded by thanking Mr Horgan for the energy and commitment he brought to the Review.
Note to Editors
The Review of An Garda Síochána arises from a commitment in the Public Service Stability (Haddington Road) Agreement 2013 - 2016 (Appendix 3). The commitment has been carried over to the Lansdowne Road Agreement which extends to September 2018.
Appendix 3 of Haddington Road provides:
To build upon the progress already made in the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014, a Review of An Garda Síochána will be undertaken. The following terms of reference will apply.
To review and make recommendations on the use by An Garda Síochána of the resources available to it, with the objective of achieving and maintaining the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness in its operation and administration.
The review shall encompass all aspects of the operation and administration of the Garda Síochána including:
· the structure, organisation and staffing of the Garda Síochána;
· the deployment of members and civilian staff to relevant and appropriate roles;
· the remuneration and conditions of service of members of An Garda Síochána including an evaluation of annualised hours/shift pay arrangements;
· the appropriate structures and mechanism for the future resolution of matters relating to pay, industrial relations and attendant matters.
The first two indents above were examined by the Garda Inspectorate which published its report "Changing Policing in Ireland - Delivering a Visible, Accessible and Responsive Service" on 9 December 2015.
The remaining two indents are the subject of Mr Horgan’s report which he published today. Mr Horgan was appointed in July 2016 to complete this part of the Review following the resignation of Mr Raymond McGee last May.