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Gardaí expected to withdraw from Croke Park talks

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said the cuts to allowances that were put on the table today are unacceptable.

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THE ASSOCIATION OF Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) is expected to withdraw from talks with government officials tomorrow as they have failed to reach an agreement on cuts to pay and allowances.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, AGSI General Secretary John Redmond said that today he told officials that he did not expect to return to the talks after a meeting tomorrow morning.

“Given what’s on the table, our members don’t seem to have much choice,” he said. “They’re angrier than I’ve ever seen sergeants and inspectors and they’ve told me that they expect me as General Secretary of the AGSI to forcibly bring this message to the government and leave the government under no illusion that there most definitely will be action taken should they continue with the cuts.”

In today’s meeting, specifics were given to the association on planned cuts including allowances for working nights, weekends and bank holidays.

“Theses allowances make up a very significant proportion of our members’ pay,” he said. Though the association does not enjoy the protection provided to trade unions, Redmond said it will not prevent them from taking action.

It is expected that the association will announce it has withdrawn from the talks tomorrow afternoon and that it will discuss future action with other emergency service groups like the Garda Representative Assocation and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association.

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