Gardaí draw line under walkout controversy after six-hour meeting

Gardaí draw line under walkout controversy after six-hour meeting

A meeting between Garda management and the AGSI members who staged walkouts during their annual conference has ended tonight.

The four Garda Sergeants who are AGSI delegates from Carlow and Kilkenny were called to the meeting after they staged walkouts at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors annual conference in Sligo this week - during addresses from the Garda Commissioner and the Justice Minister.

The meeting lasted more than six hours, and ended with an agreed statement.

In the statement, the four delegates from Carlow and Kilkenny expressed full confidence in the Garda Commissioner.

It reads: "The four representatives of Kilkenny Carlow branch of the AGSI, indicated that they meant to cause no offence to the Commissioner.

"They personally have full confidence in the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.

"The Commissioner enjoys the full confidence of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors.

"The speech by the Garda Commissioner to Conference and his comments on the RTÉ 'News at One' today were particularly helpful and magnanimous and have re-enforced the excellent relations between AGSI and Senior Garda Management.

"Members of the AGSI will never shirk their responsibility to either the Garda Commissioner or members of the public.

"The representatives of the Kilkenny/Carlow Branch regret that this whole matter has been played out on TV and in the public arena.

"All parties consider the matter now resolved and look forward to continuing to serve the community."

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