Shatter Causes Controversy Over Garda Groups Comments

The main garda representative have been accused of doing the force a “disservice” with their decision to walk out of the talks on pay and allowances at Croke Park.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter made his damning remarks while addressing the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and the Garda Representative Association (GRA), going on to say they had lost sight of their original purpose.

Addressing delegates on Monday night he said: "I have to say to you, quite frankly, it would have been much better if your representatives had been at the negotiating table during the recent pay talks.

"I believe the approach taken is a disservice to members of the force."

It is understood his comments were met with silence from the delegates left in the room, after four had already walked out.


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