BREAKING: Gardai to strike but vital units to remain on the job

BREAKING: Gardai to strike but vital units to remain on the job

The Garda strike is set to go ahead after last-ditch efforts to find a resolution failed.

The Garda Representatives Association has this afternoon released a list of units that they will ask not to join in the action in order to provide cover.

This will “ensure a skeletal service to protect the security of the State, prevent and detect serious crime and preserve vital evidence,” they said in a statement.

Members of the following units or specialist roles are respectfully asked to respond positively to requests by management to fulfil or provide cover for their usual roles:

•         Emergency Response Unit [ERU]

•         Regional Support Units [RSU]

•         Garda Technical Bureau [Mapping, Fingerprints, Ballistics and Photographic Sections]

•         Critical Incident/Major Emergency response capabilities

•         Communications Rooms

•         Protection & Escort Personnel/Units

•         National Surveillance Unit

•         Static Protection Posts

•         Special Detective Unit

•         Intelligence Sections

•         Witness Security Programme Unit

•         VIP protection

•         Garda Drugs Organised Crime Bureau

•         Special Dedicated Embassy Patrols

•         Immigration Units

•         Forensic Collision Investigators

•         Attend to prosecutions in court

•         Student and Probationer Gardaí

The GRA said the ongoing security of the State, protection of life and the gathering of evidence by these units is paramount and must not be compromised, despite the sense of anger, betrayal and disillusionment that resulted in 95% of the GRA membership democratically expressing their preference for industrial action.

GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis said: “The government failed to make effective contingency plans despite five weeks’ warning of withdrawal of services by gardaí. The recent negotiation process was unnecessarily protracted. The GRA has engaged throughout in a responsible problem-solving manner. This government has perilously gambled with public safety in its treatment of our members.

“History shows that Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect the public. To this end, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the risk to the public is contained and minimised.”