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Sinn Féin says Government is to blame for Garda strike

3 November, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD has said the lack of progress in resolving the pending Garda strike action is solely the fault of the Government.

Speaking today Teachta O’Brien said;

“The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Government were given five weeks’ notice of the garda strike action and yet they sat on their hands.  

“Meanwhile the Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan decided to go ahead with a trip to San Diego.

“On the eve of unprecedented industrial action by An Garda Siochana, it looks likely that the Garda strike will go ahead as the Labour Court cannot finalise recommendations until tomorrow as talks didn’t start quickly enough. 

“That it has been allowed to get to this stage is absolutely outrageous. 

“As it stands, the public do not know who will respond to a 999 call. We are being told that the Emergency Response Unit will be on duty to respond to shootings and armed robberies, but beyond that we do not know how domestic burglaries or sexual assaults may be responded to. 

“Every time we have raised this matter, we are told that this is an operational matter for the Garda and frankly, this is unacceptable.

“The Government could not have handled this any worse if they actually tried. The Minister should issue a statement and provide assurance that she is doing everything possible to ensure community safety if the Garda strike goes ahead tomorrow.” 

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