Senior gardaí to meet Justice Department over reserve force

SENIOR gardaí are to hold talks with the Department of Justice next week regarding the introduction of the controversial Garda Reserve.

A spokesman for the Association of Garda Chief Superintendents (AGCS) yesterday said it had “a number of issues” in relation to the new body.

He would not expand on the nature of the issues, but said they didn’t yet have a definite position on the garda reserve.

“Our position is we are engaged in consultations. We obviously have to await the outcome of those and see how it develops.”

The fist meeting will take place next Monday.

“I can’t pre-empt the outcome of these talks and I think it would be inappropriate to go down any other road at this stage, before these consultations even begin,” the spokesman said.

The meeting follows an escalation in the dispute between associations representing rank-and-file gardaí and middle-ranking officers and the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell.

Last Monday, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) adopted a joint policy of non-cooperation with the reserve.

Mr McDowell warned the associations against confrontation and said the will of the Oireachtas had to be obeyed.

Meanwhile, organisations representing rank-and-file gardaí and officers said garda chiefs ordered them to take down all posters in stations advertising the GRA and the AGSI after posters informing members of forthcoming meetings in Cork, Portlaoise and Dublin went up.

GRA general secretary PJ Stone said this was the first time the internal rule from the 1970s, which requires permission for any posters to be placed in garda buildings, has been enforced.

“We are being denied the right to inform our members of matters that are of the utmost importance to their careers,” he said.

Mr Stone added it was also made clear to the representative bodies at a meeting with the Garda Commissioner yesterday that the proposal to set up the reserve force came from the Government via the Department of Justice.

He called on Mr McDowell to publish all correspondence between the department and garda management on the matter in order to establish who proposed the idea initially.

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