Gardaí picket Croke Park talks
PJ Stone (second right) leads members of the Garda Representative Association from talks with the Garda Commissioner at Garda Headquarters in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Gardaí today placed a picket or “placard protest” outside the building where trade unions are meeting with Government officials as part of the ongoing negotiations around an extension of the Croke Park agreement.
The gardaí carried placards in an action similar to a traditional picket line industrial dispute action.
The placards read: ‘1913 Lockout: 2013 Sell Out’; ‘Come Out, Not Sell Out’; ‘Betrayed by Unions, Shattered by Cuts’.
The final placard is a reference to the GRA’s dissatisfaction with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in whom it has already passed a motion of no confidence.
While the association had mooted holding placard protests outside some ministerial meetings in Dublin as part of Ireland’s presidency of the EU, this morning’s action was a surprise and highlights a major rift between gardaí at the trade unions in the talks.
However, GRA sources said the association’s protest is not a picket line that others are urged not to cross. The negotiations are taking place at Lansdowne House, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.