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Friday 18 August 2017

Gardai accuse boss of failing to engage with their concerns

Garda Sgt Claire Mulligan speaking to Sgt Micheal Miney both from DMR South Central at the AGSI conference which started in Trim Co.Meath
Garda Sgt Claire Mulligan speaking to Sgt Micheal Miney both from DMR South Central at the AGSI conference which started in Trim Co.Meath

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has been criticised by representatives of mid-ranking gardai for failing to engage with their concerns about sick pay and other matters.

The commissioner's failure to meet their representative association on a number of occasions and her lack of engagement with the concerns of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) was "totally and utterly unacceptable, disappointing, and more than a bit inconsiderate," claimed the association's vice president Antoinette Cunningham.

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Ms Cunningham told the AGSI annual conference in Trim, Co Meath, that the association, which represents almost 2,400 sergeants and inspectors, had failed on four occasions to organise a meeting with the commissioner.

The representatives are anxious to discuss concerns such as sick pay, which affected not only members but also their families.

Ms Cunningham said a small group of association officials had met with the commissioner on February 9 when she had used the phrase "constructive engagement".

But since then, it was disappointing she had left frontline members with no definition of occupational injury, no guidelines as to what constituted a critical illness, and no policy on previous injuries on duty which still affect members.

Around 200 AGSI members are currently affected by sick pay issues, and the association argues that there has been no clarity issued by garda management about matters that had arisen from the introduction of sick pay legislation in the public service.

She urged Ms O'Sullivan to tackle those issues with extreme urgency, and to respect and acknowledge the role that the association could play in consultative processes.

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