Shatter warns GRA to keep discipline

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the body representing rank and file gardai was one with a history of resistance to 'change and reform'

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the body representing rank and file gardai was one with a history of resistance to 'change and reform'

Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 00:00

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the body representing rank and file gardaí was one with a history of resistance to "change and reform".

He has also warned them that he expected discipline to be maintained despite a vote of no confidence in him by the national executive of the Garda Representative Association (GRA).

He also believed the decision by the GRA and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors to withdraw from talks aimed at extending the Croke Park agreement was the wrong one.

"Expressions of anger and motions of condemnation are no substitute for rational engagement. There's a talks process taking place to deal with public service pay issues. All of the unions are engaged. All of the other representative bodies are engaged."

"So as to ensure those concerns are addressed you're much better of being in the tent, engaged in the talks, than standing outside the tent. I'd very much encourage them to re-engage."

He was speaking at a passing out ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore, Co Tipperary, for 126 reservists.

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