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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C


This month
May 2023
# rank shortage
Garda group calls out failure to recruit gardaí as new intake falls 33% below target for 2023
Statistics released by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) show just 154 recruits entered Templemore yesterday in the latest intake, far short of the 225 target.
# An Garda Síochána
GRA welcomes Policing Authority's 'considerable' concerns over Garda disciplinary process
There were 110 gardaí suspended from the force as of July 2022.
Last month
April 2023
# hutch acquittal
Garda probe establishes GSOC officer did attend Hutch party
Simon Harris told reporters at the GRA conference in Mayo that GSOC said in a meeting that they were likely to establish an independent review into the systems.
# retention crisis
Garda body says members are resigning from the force because of 'bullying and workplace stress'
The Garda Representative Association is meeting in Mayo over the coming days for the annual delegate conference.
# westport
Stressful workload, assaults and arbitrary suspensions on the agenda for GRA conference
The Garda Representative Association conference takes place in Westport, Co Mayo until Wednesday.
# gsoc
Calls for external investigation after GSOC officer allegedly attended Gerard Hutch party
Justice Minister Simon Harris said yesterday that it is a “serious matter which needs to be investigated”.
# garda concerns
GRA to meet Garda management amid concerns about organisation of Biden visit
US President Joe Biden is due to visit Ireland from Tuesday until Friday.
This year
# Dispute
'Unnecessary': Drew Harris criticises middle-ranking officers over plan to picket Garda HQ
Both Leo Varadkar and Commissioner Drew Harris were speaking at the opening of a new garda station in Dublin earlier today.
# agsi
Garda sergeants and inspectors to hold 'day of action' next week over rosters dispute
Both the AGSI and the GRA had voted against accepting new working time arrangements for gardaí.
# Ballyfermot
Garda struck by missile during policing plan for Ballyfermot funeral
‘I sincerely hope my colleague makes a speedy recovery from the injuries he received in the line of duty,’ said the local GRA rep.
Last year
# motion
GRA to approach Justice Minister over Garda Commissioner's attitude towards rostering
The motion was passed at a conference today.
# Gardaí
Workplace watchdog orders GRA to appoint twice failed female candidate for senior role to position
Tara McManus has been a member of An Garda Síochána since February 2000.
# Gardaí
Gardaí carry out searches in Cherry Orchard in response to patrol car being rammed
No arrests were made, but investigations are ongoing, Gardaí said.
# rostering row
Garda association and independent talks chairman embroiled in row over ‘misleading’ information
The chairman accused the Garda Representative Association of spreading ‘inaccurate’ information about rostering talks.
# Industrial Relations
Garda groups meet Commissioner over roster proposal dispute
The roster dispute comes as gardaí and other public sector workers are engaged in a pay talks.
# blue strife
Gardaí to vote on new roster proposal as GRA expresses 'serious concern'
Rank-and-file members advised new working roster is ‘adverse’ to garda employment conditions.
# armed support
Gardaí 'forced to wait over an hour' for armed support to arrive on dangerous scenes
Gardaí have described the waiting times as unacceptable.
# Exploitation
Gardaí call for more resources as online child exploitation 'spiralling out of control'
Thousands of cases have been forwarded to Ireland from the US.
Garda facing dismissal for turning on emergency lights to warn public about stolen car
The GRA said gardaí are facing a massive morale problem.
# Drew Harris
Proposed changes to Garda roster postponed amid fears of industrial action
The changes have been pushed back until at least late March.
All time
# gra conference
Suspension of gardaí strongly criticised by Limerick garda representatives
Suspended members have been left in the dark while suspended from duty, the GRA conference heard.
# Mental Health
Minister to tell rank-and-file gardaí she will strengthen their mental health supports
Helen McEntee will address the annual delegate conference of the Garda Representative Association today.
# garda assaults
GRA conference: Calls for action to combat spike in assaults on gardaí
The Garda Representative Association will hold it’s first in person conference since 2019 today.
# Limerick gardaí
GRA claims Commissioner's discretion comments are 'wholly unacceptable'
The Garda Representative Association has called for an urgent meeting with the Commissioner.
# Garda dispute
Garda unions begin industrial relations dispute against management over new anti-corruption unit
The unit was launched in June but unions say it was introduced without consultation.
# Garda drug testing
Industrial relations stand-off looms as representative bodies question mandatory drug testing
The drug testing regime was launched yesterday and is ‘mandatory’ for all garda members.
Garda association seeks urgent meeting with Commissioner and Minister over anti-lockdown protest
Garda McCarthy said there was “clear intent” to inflict harm on members of the force.
# vaccine rollout
Gardaí should be made 'high priority' for vaccine says representative association president
A significant number of gardaí are currently self-isolating.
New president and vice-president elected to garda body during controversial conference
Members vented their frustration during the conference.
# shackled
No priority testing, one officer on NPHET - garda association criticises lack of involvement in pandemic policing plan
The GRA said this lack of representation has resulted in legal grey areas for officers while policing during this crisis.
# Coronavirus
'Weaponising of Covid-19 is unpatriotic,' says GRA president about deliberate coughing incidents
“Anything that undermines this national effort is nothing other than unpatriotic,” said Jim Mulligan.
# back up
GRA seeks 'urgent' meeting with Commissioner over resourcing of Emergency Response Unit
Garda management has rejected claims that the force’s armed support capability is not sufficient.
# moving up
Gardaí who failed in last promotion competition to be bumped up to sergeant rank
As many as 168 gardaí could be promoted under this proposal as the force seeks to fill gaps across the country.
# Michael D'Arcy
Garda body demands apology over 'ill-informed and elitist' remarks about policing of Quinn violence
Michael D’Arcy made the comments on RTÉ yesterday afternoon.
Fears that rural areas will lack resources after 'out of the blue' garda shake-up
An Garda Síochana reduced its garda divisions and its regions as part of a restructuring model.
# 1982
'It was shocking': GRA to speak to Commissioner over sacking of garda for 'alleged homosexual activity'
The Garda Commissioner recently confirmed to the former garda that this was the reason for his dismissal in 1982.
GRA 'distances itself' from 1985 comment that garda's pregnancy 'not appropriate behaviour'
President Jim Mulligan said he wanted to express the GRA’s admiration for the “dignity and bravery” of the former garda.
# garda john mccallion
Tributes paid after second garda dies tragically over the weekend
Garda Dave Hearne died on the Wexford coast while Garda John McCallion died while cycling in Mayo.
# gra conference
'It's a kip': Gardaí describe 'horrendous' conditions in stations
The GRA said people have resigned over the working conditions.
# Housing Crisis
Gardaí want allowance for members stationed in rent pressure zones
The GRA said this issue is particularly impacting on new recruits who are on lower incomes.