GRA: Govt dismantling An Garda Siochana 'brick by brick'

The General Secretary of the Garda Representative Association has accused the Government of dismantling the force brick by brick.

GRA: Govt dismantling An Garda Siochana 'brick by brick'

The General Secretary of the Garda Representative Association has accused the Government of dismantling the force brick by brick.

Around 100 stations have been closed since the start of the year as part of a plan to reduce costs and make policing more efficient.

However, the GRA said the closure of a number of stations in Dublin, in particular, has led to overcrowded conditions in the remaining stations and prefabs have had to be used.

PJ Stone said the cramped conditions are an issue that should be dealt with by an Independent Policing Commission.

He said: "This is not just about pay now, because we have seen the dismantling of the Garda Siochana brick by brick.

"The closing of Garda statrions in my view has been a retrograde step. And therefore I think in the context of a police commission, we would be dealing with all issues of policing, including the entitlement of An Garda Siochana to have a place to go to discuss our pay and our conditions of employment."

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