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Comment #5414623 by Anthony Power

Anthony Power Aug 30th 2016, 9:20 PM #

It is a tough job and the judicial system in this country doesn’t help them at all.

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'I have fewer colleagues. I have less money. I have more work': Garda pens open letter to Commissioner

'I have fewer colleagues. I have less money. I have more work': Garda pens open letter to Commissioner

Garda numbers have declined significantly in recent years, from 14,500 in 2010 to 12,801 in 2016.

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    Favourite Bobby Phelan
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    Aug 30th 2016, 9:40 PM

    Its ok now we got 13 billion to squander now or do we fg ff are appealing the eu decision so opps sorry about that maybe stop voting those parasites ff fg labour and you might see change.you just have to face facts the establishment has shafted us all big time but you know what blame the people they keep voting for corrupt parties.the capitalist system has no pity nor do ff fg or liebour.

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    Favourite Shawn O'Ceallaghan
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    Aug 30th 2016, 10:37 PM

    No one forced any garda to apply. All aware of the T&C’s and time and time again they are always over subscribed.

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    Favourite Peter Fechter
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    Aug 30th 2016, 10:44 PM

    Oberstown was able to recruit staff numbers sufficient to be “fit for purpose” (Zappone) and i believe they were over subscribed as well….

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    Favourite Tony Canning
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    Aug 30th 2016, 11:08 PM

    Shawn did you rush to the comments or what? The writer looks back to 9 years ago. When things change over a timeframe like that the terms and conditions have obviously changed.

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    Favourite Oonaghpoonagh
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    Aug 30th 2016, 11:57 PM

    @shawn are you for real??

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    Favourite Seamus McSpud
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    Aug 31st 2016, 6:53 AM

    And prior to that his T&Cs improved.
    It’s called a recession and yes public and civil servants have to pay also.

    No mention of his current working hours, retirement age, pension or overtime. All far more favourable than the average Joe.

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    Favourite Joe Bloggs
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    Aug 31st 2016, 8:07 AM

    So a roster that consists of 10-hour shifts, anti-social hours, mandatory weekend & public holiday work is far more favourable than that of the average Joe? The retirement age is young enough and the pension is decent, but both require 30 years service so they’re hard earned. Much of the overtime is obligatory; if you have to deal with something that occurred at the end of your shift or you jave have to attend court on your day off it’s not something that can be avoided or passed on to someone else.

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    Favourite gerry o donell
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    Aug 31st 2016, 8:24 AM

    on the few occasions when I have rang the garda station looking for specific gardai I have often been told they wont be back till next week, not too many private sector works getting 5 or 6 days off together.

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    Favourite Joe Bloggs
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    Aug 31st 2016, 8:29 AM

    Gardaí work 10 hour shifts for 6 days, they then rest for 4 days; are they not entitled to do so?

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    Favourite Gerry Campbell
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    Aug 31st 2016, 8:58 AM

    You really are a bit shallow , aren’t you Shawn, have you missed the bit where the entire community suffers because of this , or is that just a thinking bridge too far for you…. Great letter, soot on , but a total waste of time , Not a blind bit of notice will be given, because the authorities only care about what they are told to care about from above , it’s their own personal advancement that’s no 1, unlike the workers , who do , and care about “the job”…..

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