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Government approach to Garda Contingency Plan deplorable - Gerry Adams TD

20 October, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the government of “failing to prepare properly for the pending strike by the Garda unions.”

Teachta Adams said:

“Reports indicate that there has been no discussion between the Minister for Justice and An Garda Síochána on contingency plans for the imminent strike action by the Garda unions.

"With the AGSI commencing its industrial action tomorrow this is deplorable.

"The stock response that a contingency plan is an operational matter for the Garda is equally unacceptable. The state faces an unprecedented crisis with almost all Garda threatening to go on a series of strikes. The government has a responsibility to ensure that a plan is in place to provide some measure of policing. 

"The Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner have both been out of the country. They should now get their act in order and ensure that a contingency plan is prepared.”

The Sinn Féin leader also called on the Minister for Justice to clarify the government’s “attitude to and timeframe for allowing An Garda Síochána access to the Labour Court and the Workplace Relations Commission.

He said;

"Last weekend it was reported that the logistics for allowing this were under consideration and would be fast-tracked by the Minister who it was said would begin formulating legislation within days.

"However, the Taoiseach told me in the Dáil on Wednesday that the government is waiting on the publication of the report by John Horgan, who is chairing the Haddington Road Review of An Garda Síochána, “to see how the professor might set out what he considers to be the appropriate strategy to adopt to allow for the principle of access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court for members of An Garda Síochána.” That report is not due until December.  All of which suggests that any actual legislative change allowing the Gardaí access to the Labour Court and Workplace Relations Commission might not be enacted until well into the new year. 

"The Minister needs to clarify exactly when she intends publishing legislation which the European Social Committee called for three years ago.”

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