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Autumn (2016) – Síocháin Magazine

The Editor & Editorial Board are pleased to inform GSRMA members that the Autumn 2016 Síocháin is expected to circulate to our 6,000 membership on Wednesday, 15th September.  Every effort was made to accommodate most of the articles / photographs sent to us.  Many thanks to those who submitted “letters to the Editor” or provided a […]

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POSTSCRIPT: JOHN TIMONEY, 1948-2016

POSTSCRIPT: JOHN TIMONEY, 1948-2016 By Joe Sexton AUGUST 17, 2016  I am reproducing just one of many tributes to the late John F. Timoney, who sadly passed away this week.  He is the cousin of GSRMA Treasurer Frank Timoney, and we at GSRMA pass our condolences to all the family. John Timoney, who died this week, […]

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Death of Retired Deputy Police Commissioner John F. Timoney NYPD.

Death of Retired Deputy Police Commissioner John F. Timoney NYPD. GSRMA extends their sympathies on  death of John (Sean) Timoney which has occurred in Miami, Florida, USA suddenly on the 16th August 2016 after a short complicated illness bravely borne.  Sean served as Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD, Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department […]

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Gardaí may take Strike Action – Changing Times

The article reproduced below comes from today’s (Saturday 13th. August 2016) Irish Independent on the possibility of members of GRA taking strike action over their pay dispute with government.  While it is “technically” against the law for members of An Garda Siochana to take strike action, I as General Secretary of GSRMA have always voiced […]

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PUBLIC -v- PRIVATE Sector ?

Brendan Casserly, Bishopstown, Cork City, had a letter published in the Irish Examiner on Thursday, 4th August.  He was seeking clarification on: “If the workforce must fall into two categories, Private Sector and Public Sector, then why does PUBLIC Sector not include everybody, without exception, who is paid out of the Public Purse including not just Gardai, […]

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Local Community Do it for themselves

This is what happens when a community cannot take any more because of the upsurge in crime within their rural community, brought about by closure of Garda Stations, less Garda personnel on the ground and a massive cut back in resources.  Other communities will take heart from this article published today in Irish Independent, and […]

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Qualification for State Pension

Charlie Weston writing in todays Irish Independent (1st. August 2016).  When you sign up for Job Seekers Benefit you are declaring that you are fit and available for work.  When you sign up for “Credits” you are in effect signing for Job Seekers Benefits (not the allowance itself).  There seems to be a blind eye […]

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Editorial in Irish Independent 1st. August 2016 and Comment

This change in qualification for the Old Age pension (State Pension) is only one of many changes that are taking place over successive government budgets for the past number of years.  These changes are seldom highlighted when the Minister for Finance is delivering his/her budget, but the changes can be found in the small print […]

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Over 60’s pay more for Heath Insurance

This article was published in Irish Independent Friday 29th. July 2016 by Charlie Weston.  GSRMA members should think hard when considering the value and service we are getting from St. Pauls Garda Medical Aid Society.  When comparing one Heath Insurance plan against another make sure you are comparing like with like, and in particular the […]

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Ireland’s Income Tax hurting middle Income earners.

Well low and behold, the IMF have come out with the following in relation to Ireland’s middl tax earners!  Haven’t we at GSRMA and through the Alliance of Retired Public Servants been saying this for the past 8 years.  The IMF when in town with the Troika were singing a totally different tune. IRELAND’S income […]

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Autumn Lectures – Garda Historical Society.

A series of lectures under the auspices of the Garda Historical Society, are arranged for the Autumn.  The first lecture  titled : “The Bombing of Nelson’s Pillar” by Mr. Donal Fallon will take place at Store Street Garda Station, Dublin, on Tuesday, 8th September 2016 at 6.30 pm. The second lecture titled  “The 1916 Court […]

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Private patients attending Public Hospitals.

In a row that has been brewing for some time, Health Insurance Companies are getting increasingly frustrated with Public Hospitals that charge patients the cost of a private bed when they are in a public ward.  While you might think it is an issue for the H.S.E. and Insurers to sort out, you could be […]

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Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services. Aware has received the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for […]

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Collapse of Enterprise Insurances – Clarification on GSRMA Scheme

Following on from a number of queries over the weekend and this morning, the following clarification has issued from Michael Halligan, for your ease of mind. As you are aware, Halligan Insurances  specialise in Group Insurance Schemes and I enclose the following information for your convenience . We do not deal with Enterprise Insurance Company which […]

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Letter to Editor Sunday Independent 24th. July 2016

Religion and affairs of state This is an extract from todays Sunday Independent (24th. July 2016) as published from one of our GSRMA members (Cork Branch).  Well done on its publication. Sir — The hypocrisy associated with much of the rhetoric coming from the anti-abortion lobby lately puts me in the untenable position of being […]

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Never Off Duty

AT most weddings, the role of best man entails little more than keeping the rings safe before delivering a well-received speech after the Baked Alaska. HITCHED: Garda Rogers was best man (centre behind bride) at Dermot Ryan and Sinead Leydon’s weddingBut Garda John Rogers learned that there is no such thing as being “off duty” […]

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GSRMA Short Story Competition- Terms and Conditions

Due to a number of queries regarding terms and conditions of the GSRMA Short Story Competition please find them below (They are in page 12 of Síocháin Magazine) Competition is open to GSRMA Members ONLY (including their spouses or partners) Only one entry per person is permitted Entries of 2,000  maximum word count , double […]

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John Conneely Support Fund Day.

Update from Organising Committee. In addition to John Conneely’s Support Day in Westmanstown on the 29th July there is also an evening of entertainment with music and a Grand Raffle with various and assorted prizes with the Top Prize a 1500 euro Travel Voucher. All Welcome. Aidan O Dea on behalf of Organizing Committee GSRMA […]

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Garda Siochana & Defence Forces Commemoration.

Are you free next Sunday (24th July) and in the Crossmolina area of Co. Mayo.  If so then –a very special commemoration parade will held to honour all members of An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces who so tragically have lost their lives over the years since the foundation of the State. All retired […]

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“A” District Senior Citizens Holiday Programme

“A” District Senior Citizens Holiday Programme which is done voluntarily by Garda members in Kevin Street & Kilmainham in Dublin. We are GSRMA House are happy to publish the events of the A District Senior Citizens itinerary over the past few months.  We done to all concerned, not only for this year but in all […]

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St Paul’s Credit Union — Summer Draw Results.

St. Paul’s Garda Credit Union annually provide a sponsored-post advert for the Garda Retired Website which is deeply appreciated.  Today, the Management travelled to the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary to hold their “Summer Draws” for motorcar & cash prizes.  Once again, some of our retired members struck it lucky while others had family members […]

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GSRMA Short Story Competition- Extended Deadline

GSRMA have been publishing details of our first Short Story competition for the past number of months, through Siochain and GSRMA website. We have recently learned of a difficulty with the email address created to deal with this competition.  This email address has been compromised and despite technical assistance to retrieve any and all data […]

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Join Our Assoiation (GSRMA) – To-Day

The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) with a membership of 6,000, is affiliated to the “ Alliance of Retired Public Servants”.  This has strengthened our battle to protect Garda Pension because the ALLIANCE has the potential to represent 140,000 Retired Public Servants, which includes — retired civil & public servants, gardai , teachers, nurses, […]

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Letter to Sunday Independent – Gardai and Unions

Edward Noel Freeney, from Callan, Co. Kilkenny, last week put pen to paper and wrote a nice letter to the Editor of the Sunday Independent on a subject titled “The Gardai and Union Fairness“.  His detailed letter was published on page 29 of the Sunday Independent, dated 10th July 2016.  His letter may be of […]

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Mobile Telephone Offer – GSRMA Members

The GSRMA can save you and your family money.   Why not check-out Three Mobile Telephone Offer – for GSRMA and Gov. Staff Members.   The Central Committee of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association  (GSRMA) are committed to enhancing the services it provides to its members.  To make an application for any of the […]

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Passport Information —- for US Travel

To guarantee a smooth trip to the US, we would like to share some recent passport changes with you. From the 1st April 2016 all passengers (adults, children & infants) entering & transiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program will need a valid e-Passport, along with an approved ESTA. e-Passports include an integrated computer […]

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Elders – Giving Financial Control to younger generation.

A heading in to-day’s Irish Examiners is titled “When should older generations start giving the younger some control of their elders’ financial situations”.  IT can be a very delicate subject to bring up, but one that needs to be addressed as part of the aging process — at what point should the older generation start […]

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Signing-On for CREDITS.

Many of our GSRMA who attended Retirement Courses were reminded of the need to “Sign-On for Credits” at the local Social Welfare Office following retirement from work. If you retired from work on the date of your retirement from the Garda Siochana, did you call next day to the Welfare Office and Sign-On for Credits […]

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Montreal Olympics 1976.

The Irish Olympic Team departed Dublin on 5th July 1976 to compete at the XXI Olympic Games in Montreal. Twelve days later Garda Frank Moore, who had travelled as a substitute, had the distinction and honour of carrying the Tricolour and leading the Irish Team into the Olympic Stadium. The Garda elite coxed IV, racing […]

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Tap & Pay Bank Cards — Risk for Elderly

Elderly people who have “contactless bank cards” risk having cash stolen from their accounts by unscrupulous family members who prey on their lack of digital awareness — writes Mark O Regan in the Sunday Independent, 3 July 2016.  “As tap to pay cards hit the mainstream, experts are warning that the technology could expose victims […]

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Retired Garda – Hopes to join Garda Reserve

A few short weeks ago, Vincent Hourican, retired from An Garda Síochána after given 32 years patrolling Dublin South inner city.  He is about to create history, if his application to join the Garda Reserve Force is accepted.  Anyone aged 65 years and under can apply for the part-time Reserve. Vincent said ” I had […]

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Older People – Easy mark for Financial Abuse.

Charlie Weston, writing in the Irish Independent (26th June) reminds us that it is usually a relative who steals from the elderly……….  The best way for older people to protect themselves is to be informed, to ensure their friends and families know what warning signs to watch out for, and to act when they suspect […]

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Dick Farrelly – A Quiet Man – Bronze Award

The “Dick Farrelly Radio Documentary” by Gráinne Gavigan, has taken the “BRONZE AWARD” in the Culture & Arts Section in New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Competition.  The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) extend sincere congratulations to Gráinne for her excellent research work. RTE Lyric FM did a re-broadcast “Dick Farrelly – A Quiet Man” […]

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46 MEN DEAD – Book by Sgt. John Reynolds.

On 21 January 1919, the opening shots of the War of Independence were fired at Soloheadbeg in County Tipperary. Two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) were killed by the IRA in the ambush. Constable O’Connell, from Coachford in County Cork, was thirty years old and engaged to be married. Constable McDonnell, from Belmullet […]

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Wires Crossed on Summer CROSSWORD

The Summer 2016 Siochain reached our 6,000 membership on Monday last and while Joe Lowney in South Circular Road, Limerick was jumping joy with news of his €100 win in the Spring Crossword Competition, other crossword fans noticed that wires got crossed at our publishing office in that the solutions for the summer crossword were […]

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Med. Aid Soc. – Discount for Young Adults.

You may recall a previous circular in June 2015 setting out the effect of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2014 which laid down minimum and maximum percentage discounts on the Adult Premium that must be granted to young adults between 21 and 25 years of age. The Committee of the Society at that time approved […]

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GSRMA €500 Winners — Summer 2016.

Since Christmas 2011, the Central Committee of the  Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association presided over the holding of Cash Draws confined to GSRMA members. It is one of the BENEFITS  of the GSRMA.  The five lucky members to receive €500 cheques for SUMMER 2016 are : Mrs. Eithne Wright, Wicklow. Mr. Anthony Cavavan, Portlaoise. Mr. […]

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Prize Bonds -v- State Saving Schemes.

There will be fewer Prize Bond millionaires from next month – following a decision to reduce the number of top prizes.  The change will see the €1m prize being paid out only four times a year to those who having winning prize bonds.  This is down from six top prizes a year. And the range […]

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The Care Trust — Seeking Representatives.

The Care Trust which supports CRC, Rehab and the Mater Hospital have vacancies countrywide which maybe of interest to retired members.  If you have a passion for meeting people, the Care Trust wish to bring to your attention that they are looking for Representatives for their National Charity.  Positions are currently available in all areas […]

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It’s Pure True – Words from Cormac MacConnell.

Cormac MacConnell, writing in the Farming Supplement, Irish Examiner reminds us – If you are living in a country parish in 2016 which is still covered by a manned Garda station down the road, rather than by remotely controlled patrol cars, I would argue that you should consider yourself very fortunate. In an era when […]

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Busy OAP is the Smartest

The Irish Independent reports – a new study proves keeping active as we age protests our brain.  They asked the experts how to stay forever young. The article and questions posed may be of interest. Are you one of those enviable older people who never seem to stop? Do you race from a morning spent […]

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Retirement is Changing

Retirement is changing. It’s no longer a few years of sitting back and taking it easy ….. It can now stretch out for 20 years or more and can throw up a whole host of challenges from loneliness, financial insecurity and depression.  But according to a new book – “Rewire Don’t Retire” with a little […]

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Free Legal Aid -v- Serious Criminals

Caroline O’ Doherty, writing in the Irish Examiner states – The Justice Minister is reviewing a system that cost €50M a year and that unquestioningly finances repeat offenders, but the public defenders would not be cheaper and may involve a conflict of interest.  The reporter states “Sally Hanlon has prepared victims of crime for cross-examination […]

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GSRMA – Lend strong support to – AGSI

Yesterday, (Tuesday) at the stroke mid-day,  over 650 lined-out at Castle Street, close to Dublin Castle to take part in the first organised protest march by the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors (AGSI) to Dail Eireann. There, to provide a great sense of “Loyalty” were approx 150 reps from various branches of the Garda […]

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Criminal Records -v- Spent Convictions

On February 3, the Seanad passed a law allowing for adult criminal convictions to be wiped clean.  The legislation is now contained in the “Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016.  It says  a single conviction will become spent after seven years, provided the sentence imposed was non-custodial or for a term of […]

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Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Company – Positions.

Pet Sitters Ireland are Ireland’s largest Pet Sitting and Dog Walking company and have been in business since 2010.  Pet Sitting is an alternative to using friends and family, or kennels and catteries, to take care of your pets. When you use a Pet Sitter your pets get to stay home in their normal surroundings […]

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Section 117 – Succession Act 1965

The Law Reform Commission is asking for the Public’s input into Ireland’s succession law.  Section 117 of the Succession Act 1965 – asks whether a parent has made proper provisions for a child in a will.  At the moment, a child has no right to their parent’s estate –unless the parents die without making a […]

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Law dates back to Roman Times

A Hight Court Judge has refused to allow an English Company to fund a legal action against the State, businessman Denis O’ Brien and former Government Minister – Michael Lowry.  The decision, based on a law that dates back to 1634, means the case will not go ahead as the plaintiff does not have enough […]

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Career Opportunity for Retired Gardai

Aserve are seeking applications from retired members of An Garda Siochana, with unblemished records, for on-going long term contract work in all parts of the country. The work is varied and we require people for ongoing assignments such as Serving Documents, Tracing inquiries, Office clerical / administration roles. We also require a number of personnel […]

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Garda Force – 20 Years behind in many areas.

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’ Sullivan said the force has been devasted by Government austerity measures and was “20 years behind in many areas, particularly in technology.  The police boss backed called by senior garda managers for 800 recruits to be taken on every year — 200 more than currently. Read Report in Irish Examiner Garda […]

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Plans for “JOINT” – 50th REUNION.

If you joined the Garda Síochána in October, November or December 1966, you will be pleased to know that plans are in the pipeline to organise a combined 50th REUNION.  The October Class (1966) Photograph was published in the Spring 2016 Síocháin and we hope to publish the December “A” Class photo in the next […]

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Memories of a Popular Garda

Every week the Irish Times features a “Family Fortunes” memory story.  This week, Sean Ryan shares lovely memories of his late dad (Tom Ryan) a proud Corkman who served the force in the DMR for many years.  It appears his dad was a:  Garda; entrepreneur; carpenter, shop-keeper, market gardener and much more.  His dance hall […]

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Decision to sell mum’s home – Correct

The son had objected to his sister being registered in court as having power of attorney over the affairs of their mother who is in her 80s and has severe cognitive impairment. (Court Report in Irish Independent).  He claimed the sister was unsuitable largely because she put their mother’s home in Dublin on the market […]

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Gardai in firing line – High Risk Work.

The “Editorial” in the Irish Examiner states – There is growing and entirely justified pressure the end the inequity imposed on recent recruits to the public service, especially gardai, nurses and teachers.  No society that values fairness or hopes to attract able and committed people to these services – and build a career in them […]

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Policemen who fell – 1916 Fighting.

THE inclusion of 17 policemen killed at Easter 1916 on the new Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery goes a long way to recognising their contribution. It is the first time they have been collectively remembered in a national memorial. The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was the armed police force of the island of Ireland under […]

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Underpaid – Gardai / Nurses & Teachers.

The flurry of campaigning by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) on behalf of its new entrants includes the claim that of the recruits qualified since 2014 (the first since the five-year embargo), three have already resigned as a result of the cuts. This seems extraordinary given that there were about 30 applicants for each post, […]

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Ireland Discovery Tours

Annmarie Carolan, “Ireland Discovery Tours” has produced a special 2016 brochure of customised tours to suit the 44 GSRMA Branches nationwide.  Ireland Discovery 2016 Tours have various four (4) day tours to places like: Belfast, Donegal, West of Ireland, Clare, Kerry, Cork West, Waterford/Kilkenny, Wexford/Wicklow etc. with Bed/Breakfast, morning coffee and Evening Meals included. For […]

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RED “C” —- Panel of Interviewees

Red C are looking to increase their panel of interviewees who conduct door-to-door interviews.  The position might be of interest to some of our members because they already how a number of retired gardai on their panel.  A short synopsis of what the job entails is listed below. If you are interested in joining Red […]

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Comments by ISME Chief – Garda Pensions.

Gordon Deegan, writing in the Irish Examiner, 29th March quotes the following comments from Mark Fielding, Chief Eexecutive, ISME –  “Gardai are retiring with average lump sums of €100,000 on top of their pensions, which shows tax payers are paying over the odds, to fund generous packages“. The ISME Chief Executive by generalising, use of […]

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Transition of the Garda Pension Payroll

The Garda Pensions Payroll Section, Killarney, has issued the following “Information Note” for the GSRMA.  All retired members, will shortly receive a copy of the notification in the post. INFORMATION  NOTE. “As part of the Government’s Reform Agenda the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform (DPER) has established a Payroll Shared Services Centre (PSSC) for […]

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When did Gardai get right to – VOTE ?

A member requested that we confirm, when did members of An Garda Siochana get the right to vote in General Elections ?.  It’s not easy to come-up with all the answers but with your assistance, we may get the full story.  In a search to answer the query, the Cork Examiner, for Wednesday, 29th April […]

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Assault on Garda Eoin Cox in Dublin

Garda Eoin Cox who was severely assault on Sunday morning was in his uniform and was clearly identifiable as a garda on duty. His father Brian said: “If Eoin’s Garda colleagues had not arrived so quickly and intervened we dread to think what injuries he would have sustained.” He revealed that his father, John, who […]

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G.R.A. —- Battle to Reverse Pay-CUTS.

Rank and file Gardai have called on whoever forms the next government — to fully restore their pay to pre-2008 levels and commit to a substantial recruitment drive.  The Garda Representative Association  said it will be demanding the new government to address a number of urgent issues such as:  (i) Re-instatement to pre-2008 salary of […]

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Pastoral Statement – Catholic Bishops of Irl.

A general election is an important moment which offers a democratic society an opportunity to reflect on its successes and failures.  In Ireland we are fortunate to live in a lively democratic society, even with all its imperfections.   Democracy requires in the first place that all citizens exercise their right to vote and we strongly […]

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ALLIANCE — Battle to Rescind FEMPI

“Alliance of Retired Public Servants intends to meet Department Officials after the General Election with a view to having the FEMPI Legislation reviewed.  The ALLIANCE will be seeking a commitment that FEMPI legislation is rescinded by the new Government.  This is based on recent Government statements that the Irish economy is the best in the […]

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Statement — ALLIANCE Retired Public Servants

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants whose membership consists of constituent pension organisations (representing some 140,000 public service pensioners and their families) has received a small restoration to their modest pensions with the start of the government pension restoration as set out in Part III of the FEMPI Act, 2015. Whilst this small restoration is […]

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Closure of Garda Stations – Misdirected !

The Irish Independent, Thursday, (18th Feb.) reports:  – Micheál Martin has called for a re-think on policing policy, saying the closure of certain garda stations was misdirected. He said people are people are living in fear in certain areas and that were gardai are absent, there is no deterrent to stop burglars. Micheal Martin was […]

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Sage Support Advocacy Service.

Sage Support and Advocacy is a Service for Older People. Sage works to promote the rights, freedoms and dignity of older people by developing support and advocacy services wherever ageing poses a challenge for individuals. Sage is a charity organisation under the governance of Third Age Ireland. We recruit for volunteers to provide support and […]

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Panda Power – Exclusive Offer for GSRMA

  Panda is Ireland’s biggest recycling company and has recently entered the electricity market with the launch of Panda Power, Ireland’s newest, 100% green energy provider. Panda Power, in partnership with the GSRMA, is delighted to bring you this exclusive offer – receive a €30 One4all voucher and save up to €185 on your electricity […]

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Amending FEMPI 2015 – Legislation.

The National Federation Pensioners’ Association (NFPA) held  a meeting at the Metroploe Hotel, Cork to-day.  A total of 40 people attended which included 16 GSRMA members.  During the meeting Pat Lehane (GSRMA Central Committee) made a brief presentation on the Amending FEMPI 2015 Legislation  -v- Pension Restoration.  Hereunder is a snap-shot of Pat’s presentation: “Since […]

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FEMPI 2015 Act

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015 (“FEMPI 2015”) became law on 27 November 2015. Its principal measures are a set of partial reversals of the pay and pension cuts imposed on public service workers and retirees under the earlier FEMPI Acts. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has signed a […]

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A SENIOR CARD — For Over 60’s

A Seniors Card is a new initiative introduced in 2015 by Guerin Media Ltd. It’s quite simply a means of rewarding our older citizens with a simple Discount Scheme, Where there is no assets test or income bias. To qualify you must be over 60 years of age. Seniors Card holders are eligible for discounts […]

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Your Class Re-Union — Venue

A new Police museum was officially opened in the old garrison church in the Garda College, Templemore during 2015. The Management & Staff at the Garda College would be delighted to have GSRMA branches visit, perhaps have their lunch here and have a day of nostalgia in the old ‘Garda Training Centre’. A few Class […]

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Garda Pension Payments 2016

GSRMA have been in negotiations with Garda Commissioner and Financial Shared Services Department of Justice and Equality, Killarney as to the payment of all Garda pensions on the first day of each month, regardless of whether  that day is over a week end or an extended Bank Holiday period.  In that regard the Garda Commissioner […]

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Home Instead Senior Care — CAREGivers

Home Instead Senior Care is a non-medical Home-Care Provider that provides a wide range of services for example:-  Companionship; Meal-Preparation; Household Duties; Personal Care; Medication Reminders; Dementia Care; Errands; and Occasional Transport.  The organisation are currently looking for — honest, reliable committed and empathetic individuals who might make a difference in the work they provide. […]

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Conor Brady —- Radio Interview

Retired members may be interested to listen to Conor Brady’s radio interview with Miriam O’ Callaghan.  Conor grew up in Tullamore, the son of a Garda Superintendant. While still at school in Roscrea, Conor met his wife to be, Ann, who died last year. Straight out of college in 1969, he was sent to Belfast for […]

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Minister Howlin’s Letter on FEMPI

Garda Siochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA), have been continuously pursuing the objective of having our pensions fully restored.  With that in mind our General Secretary communicated with each and  every TD, all 166 and each member of Seanad Eireann.  These communications, from General Secretary,  were prior to and after the introduction of FEMPI Act 2015 […]

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Equity Release Products – Aimed at Elderly.

Charlie Weston, writing in the Irish Independent – states the high cost of specialised mortgages are forcing the sale of homes and wiping-out inheritances.  No repayments are made on “Equity Release” products by older people, which means huge debts are built-up.  The money is due when the owner dies or house is sold. Equity Release […]

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What we fought & won —- Lost

Lower pay rates for new Garda recruits starting at just over €23,000 a year will “seriously impact on morale” the biggest staff association has said.  The warning from the GRA has come as 600 recruits are being taken on this year and follows the training of 550 new gardai over the previous year. In a […]

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Garda Numbers in Decline

Garda numbers are still in decline as retirement and other departures far exceed the level of recruitment over the past two years.  There was a public perception fuelled by government announcements, that garda numbers were increasing again after recruitment was recommenced in 2014 for the first time since 2009. However new figures reveal 762 garda members departed […]

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Community Policing — Ruined

Trevor Laffan, joined the GSRMA after retiring from the force last year.  He gave 35 years exemplary service to An Garda Siochana with the last 20 in Community Policing in Cork City.  During his period in Community Policing, he served the Unit as a Community Garda and later Sergeant I/C. of Community Policing in Cork […]

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The Ideal Guard

Congratulations again to GSRMA member Cyril Meehan on his hugely successful book The Ideal Guard, none other than the latest review of so many is in today’s issue of Sunday Times. GSRMA and  Siochain were among the first to recognise and acknowledge the talents of this author. We have no hesitation in again congratulating Cyril […]

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Noel E. O’ Sullivan – Alliance Vice Chairman

October, 2015, the National Council of the “Alliance of Retired Public Servants” elected Noel E. O’ Sullivan, (GSRMA Central Committee) as Vice Chairman of the Alliance Group.  He replaced Mr. Gerard Blake (also GSRMA) who spent two successful years in office.  Paschal Feeney (Gen. Sec. GSRMA) is the other GSRMA Representative on the ALLIANCE which […]

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Families – 10% Worse Off

Budget 2016 led to a modest increase of just under 0.7 per cent in total household disposal income, according to a new paper published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).  However, families are still on average 10 per cent worse off due to the combined impact of the budgets since the crisis […]

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Irish Examiner Letter – Tony Fagan.

The Irish Examiner, Saturday, 12th December, published an interesting letter from Tony Fagan, Wexford GSRMA Branch Sec.  The heading on the Irish Examiner reads – ”  Pauline Tully was wrong to suggest that the Gardai were part of the war”.  She made that refeence when speaking to media last week-end when a question was put […]

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Retirees — In Limbo until aged 66.

The  Irish Independent reports, the Government is facing an election backlash from people forced to retire aged 65 – but who aren’t eligible for pension until they reach 66 years of age.  Retiress in this category can apply for DOLE but they must “be available for work and actively seeking employment“. In Jan 2014, theGovernment […]

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“A Life Well Lived” – Mick McCaughney (R.I.P)

Where ever he lived, Tyrone native Mick McCaughney lived a life of selfless service.  He spent much of his life in the border counties as a Garda officer, becoming secretary to three chiefs and helping to ease tension during the Hunger-Strike period. A gaelic footballer, winning honours with Cavan and Monaghan and later becoming a […]

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Garda Inspectorate —- Recommendations

An Garda Siochana should for the first time, put a concerted effort into recruiting police officers currently servings in other countries, the Garda Inspectorate report recommends.  Robert Olson, the author of the report, also says Garda Management should begin to actively consult with Government ministers and departments about the force’s budget allocation, a process which […]

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Killers of Garda Sergeant Patrick Morrissey – Released

A Garda Killer who dodged a death sentence was released from Prison yesterday despite pleas to keep him caged – reports the Irish Mirror.  Michael McHugh was driving to freedom from Portlaoise Prison after 30 years behind bars for the murder of Garda Sergeant Patrick Morrissey.  He was initially sentenced to death in 1985 but […]

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Tony Fagan’s Letter – Irish Independent

The Irish Independent today, Wednesday, 2 December, has an interesting “Letter to Editor” from Tony Fagan, Wexford Branch Secretary, Garda Síochána Retired member’s Association (GSRMA).  Tony, has vast experience of “Representative Associations” and the power in “Unity”.  There is also another letter on the same page from Cathal Ryan, Maynooth touching on “Policing Our Roads” […]

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Pension increase for Retired Public Servants.

Minister for Public Expenditure, Mr. Brendan Howlin, has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for 300,000 staff in the Public Service as well as pension increases for retired personnel from early next year. The pay and pension increases which were agreed as part of the Landsdown Road accord, will come into effect […]

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GSRMA — Christmas 2015 CASH Draw Winners.

The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association wishes to congratulate the following GSRMA members who are winners of Christmas Cash draw. They will each receive a €500 cheque.  This is just one of the many benefits of joining the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association.  A cash draw will also take place shortly for members who log […]

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Bring back Retired Gardai — F.F. Senator

The Irish Examiner article reads “Calls have beed made to bring back retired gardai to fill vacant positions left be members of the force on leave. More than 1,000 gardai have taken leave alreaady this year, and this figure does NOT include those members of the force who are out of work through illness. The […]

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Farewell Tribute to Joe Ainsworth – RIP.

Former Garda Deputy Commissioner Joe Ainsworth, known to many as “Two Gun Joe”, though, his son quipped at his funeral Mass , the number might be higher, died last Thursday, sitting in his favourite chair watching TV.  His dog, Layla, was at his feet and stayed with him. His last work of literature entitled “Startling […]

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Press Statement – Alliance Retired Public Servants.

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants has completed a process of consulatation with constituent pension organisations (representing some 100,000 public service pensioners) on the government decision on pension restoration which is now set out in Part 111 of the FEMPI Bill 2015. The Bill provides for the gradual restoration of pensions over 2016, 2017 and […]

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Garda Retirement Numbers —- Conflict

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Jim Daly, has said that the Fianna Fáil party must stop scaremongering on Garda numbers, adding that they have got their figures on Garda retirements all wrong. ——- according to The Cork.IE on-line newspaper “Fianna Fáil TDs are going around trying to frighten people by saying that 1,500 […]

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Photographing Stags – Rutting Season Killarney.

People travel from all over Ireland and abroad to Killarney during the “Rutting Season” in the hope of capturing a sensational photograph. To capture that special snap, they camp over-night in the hills to achieve their ambition.  At day-break, when the stags are most active, vicious fights develop and the clashing of antlers can be […]

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Highest Rank Civilian – Top CIE Post

Tom Brady, writing in the Irish Independent reports on the Highest-Ranking Civilian in the Garda organisation leaving his post.  “Chief Adminstrative Officer, Cyrill Dunne, whose rank is equivalent to a Deputy Garda Commissioner, is to quit the force before the end of the year after serving less than three years.  He is taking up the […]

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Honouring their Oath to — PROTECT & SERVE

Paul Williams writing in the Irish Independent on Friday, 16th October, has an article under the heading  – Time to Reflect on the Selfless courage and dedication of Gardai on the frontline.  It reads ” As they laid the latest Garda hero to rest on a calm autumn day, the 88th officer to lose his […]

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Garda Capacity to meet current Challenges ?

John O’ Brien, retired Detective Chief Superintendent and GSRMA member, has an interesting article in the Irish Times, Saturday, 17th October.  Under the above heading it reads: “Public disclosure on crime and policing should be led and informed by Gardai themselves.  Policing by it nature takes place on the fault lines of society.  It is […]

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Private Sector Pension -v- Public Service Pension

Wednesday’s Budget statement made provision for the ending of the levy on the PRIVATE Sector Pension FUNDS.  Now, many of our GSRMA members are realising that the “LEVY” on the Public Service Pension continues until the Government has passed FEMPI Bill 2015 which deals with legislation in respect of the gradual restoration of Public Sector […]

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Key Points – Budget 2016 by Mary Farrell

Mary Farrell, GSRMA Tax Consultant has prepared a few key-points from Budget 2016 for the benefit of our members.  She states the changes to the USC in the Budget were well signalled and actually are very beneficial to the Public Sector Pensioners, who pay USC on every Euro of their well earned pension.  This contracts […]

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Budget 2016 — Main Points

– The excise duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes is to increase by 50 cent from midnight on Tuesday, which Mr Noonan said was the only tax increase in the budget. The price of tobacco will rise on a pro rata basis. – The entry point to the USC will rise from €12,012 to […]

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Unarmed Gardai – Luxury we can no longer afford.

The Irish Independent, features a well written article from retired Chief Superintendet Michael Carthy, a Roscommon GSRMA member. It reads: “The killing by gunfire of a second garda in less than three years in this region reinforces the views of respected journalist Jim Cusack, that a corridoor of lawlessness exists along the border involving former […]

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Murder of Garda Tony Golden

The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) through its President, Matt Cosgrave & Central Committee members – offer sincere sympathy to the widow, children and extended family of Garda Tony Golden (RIP) who was shot dead on Sunday evening in Omeath, Co. Louth.  Garda Tony Golden (36 yrs.) is the 88th member of the Garda […]

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Alliance Pre-Budget Submission

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants held a pre-Budget briefing with members of the Oireachtas at Buswells Hotel, Dublin, between 11am and 4pm on the 7th. October, 2015. All members of the Oireachtas were invited and the following responded and were present : Bernard Durkan, Seán Kenny, Tommy Broughan, Pat O’ Donovan, Willie Penrose, Maureen […]

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A GARDA PRAYER

In June 2015, we appealed to Garda retired colleagues to see if anyone had the words of a  Garda Prayer or a Policeman’s Prayer.  Our sister organisation, The National Association Police Officers (NARPO) in the United Kingdom, kindly supplied the latter.  However, the actual request that the GSRMA Gen. Secretary received was for the words […]

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The Hedge Schools of Wicklow

Tommy O Rourke who hails from Aughavas in “Lovely Leitrim” joned the November Recruit Class 1968. A few months later he was allocated to Bray District.  Following promotion to Sergeant he spent many years as a “Training Sergeant” for the Eastern Garda Division before retirement from the force in 2003. A qualified BLE Coach, Tommy […]

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Papal Benemerenti Medal for GSRMA Member

The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) extend sincere congratulations to Retired Garda Chief Supt. Jim Sullivan (82 Yrs.) from Naas, who was recently awarded the “Benemerenti Papal Medal”.  Jim served as Personal Assistant to 3 Garda Commissioners and retired as Garda Divisional Officer in Naas over twentytwo years ago.  Since then he was extremely […]

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Nationwide Crime Wave – Action Needed.

Retired Chief Superintendent, Michael Carthy, a GSRMA member – Roscommon Branch writing in the Irish Independent, Friday, 2nd October 2015, states:-  “The recent dramatic upsurge in rural crime was predictable, given the policies pursued by the current Government.  The reduction in Garda Numbers, Closure of Rural Garda Stations, Restricted Garda Budgets and the Failure to […]

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GSRMA — STRATEGIC PLAN

The Garda Síochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA) published a three year  Strategic Plan last Autumn.  It was prepared around the time the GSRMA were taken a giant-step in opening a New Office Head Quarters for its  5,700 Membership. The plan  was aimed to address the many challenges facing the organisation. The work outlined in the […]

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Retired Gardai – Gov. Service Officers

The following information from Retired Garda Dermot Kelly may be of relevance to any of our members who were employed or are now employed as a Service Officer in a Government Department. “I am a retired Member of An Garda Siochana and am currently employed as a Service Officer in the Courts Service. Under an […]

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A Baptism of Rain – Success

In warm sunshine last Sunday in Lourdes, the website administrator listened to words about “Come to the Water and the importance of Baptism“.  Back on Croke Park soil players from Tipp / Kerry and Dublin / Kerry were getting a baptism in torrential rain while wearing the football jersey for the honour of their little […]

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Garda Commissioners -v- Government

Martin Callinan was one of a long line of senior gardai who departed from office in the midst of political controversy.  Since the foundation of the State, four Garda Commissioners and two Deputy Commissioners have left office in such circumstances while others were the subject of serious contention – writes Stephen Collins in the Irish […]

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RTE ONE TV Programme – Monday, 7.30 pm

On Monday evening, RTE One, featured a Special Documentary Programme called ” Scannal” which looked back at events following Bloody Sunday 1972 and the Burning of the British Embassy in Dublin. Retired Detective Chief Superintendent John O’ Brien (Dublin North GSRMA) and Matt Cosgrave, President, Garda Síochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA) gave interviews for the […]

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Thurles – Tipperary Branch – Celebrate

On Friday, 7th November 2014, over fifty members of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association, assembled at the Anner Hotel, Thurles for a celebratory lunch and presentation of GSRMA Certificates to long serving members of the Thurles-Tipperary Branch.  The twelve special recipients were (1) Margaret “Pearl” McDermott;  Margaret (Peg) Donovan;  Patricia (Patsy) Hogan;  John Dunphy;  […]

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Call on State to build Garda Houses

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) claims newly qualified gardai just out of Templemore will suffer more than most, as the Government has removed their annual rent allowance of €4,115.  The GRA has urged the Government to build homes for gardai and other essential workers who cannot afford soaring rents. Dermot O’ Brien, President of the […]

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Health News – Cure for Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists say a new stomach operation could cure and reverse the effects of Type 2 Diabetes.  Medical experts from across the globe will gather at University College Dublin today to discuss the developments, which has been spearheaded by Science Foundation Ireland. 10% of Ireland’s Health Budget goes towards treating the disease and the complications it […]

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Accessing Healthcare Abroad under CBD

The Cross Border Directive (CBD) on Healthcare allows EU resident to access healthcare services in EU member states other than their own. Therefore everyone who is ordinary resident in Ireland qualifies for public healthcare in other EU member states. The cost must be borne by the individual and he/she then seeks reimbursement for the cost […]

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New Consumer Rights Bill

A consultation on the new Consumer Rights Bill has been announced by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD. The scheme for the Bill was published earlier today, with the Minister seeking input as to how the Bill’s provisions might affect transactions across various areas of the economy. The aim of the new […]

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Free Doctor Visits for Over-70s — REGISTRATION.

Almost 40,000 older people can register from today for “Free Doctor Visits” as the next stage of the Government’s free G.P. Scheme is roll-out.  The provision of Free G.P. care for all over-70s which starts next Wednesday, is going ahead despite a last minute legal issue raised by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).  The IMO […]

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Pension Payments AUGUST – Not Good Enough.

Pension Section Dept.  of Justice Killarney have dated your cheque payment for August as 4th. August 2015.  This despite repeated assurances at Consultancy and Advisory Committee meetings between GSRMA and representatives of Garda management that this practice would not happen again. These agreements seem to count for nothing! General Secretary Paschal Feeney has been in […]

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Remembering a wedding in Westport – 1954

Brendan Ruddy writing in the Irish Times reflects on the garda connection on his mother’s side of the family.  He feels life has changed since his parents wedding in Westport 61 years ago.  The black and white photograph of his parents departing on honeymoon in a Baby Ford car is getting him thinking. Perhaps, he […]

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Sunday Indo Letter – “Problem of Pensions”.

Aileen Lebrocquay from Ranelagh, Dublin is the winner of three bottles of The Dublin Irish Whiskey Liqueur with her “Letter of the Week” in the Sunday Independent dated 19th July 2015.  Her subject matter is on the problem of pensions —- from her point of view. Read the Sunday Independent letter Problem of Pensions NB. […]

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Wexford Branch Sec. – Letter to Irish Exam.

A letter in the Irish Examiner (D-Paper) on Friday, 17th July 2015 comes from the pen of Tony Fagan, who is Branch Sec. Wexford GSRMA.  The writer has huge praise for the wonderful Irish Rail Staff at Pearse and Dun Laoghaire Stations.  Their immediate response helped in the return his lost property.  All is well […]

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Uniform Garda -v- Panic Attacks

The sight of a Garda in uniform gets Terry Prone all hot and bothered every time –according to her article in the Irish Examiner, Monday, 13th July, 2015.  Recently, while driving her car a Garda on Traffic Duty leaped forward and directed her to pull-in.  For one mad moment she thought of making a run […]

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A Million Elderly Will Pay Dearly

Ivan Yates writing on page 20 of the Irish Independent, Thursday 9th July 2015, has a very interesting article titled “We have failed to prepared for our greying future and a million elderly will pay dearly”. Currently there are 600,000 people over 65. An extra 20,000 is added to this cohort yearly. Irish men can […]

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Ireland’s Spends Less on Elderly

Data released yesterday by the EU’s statistical office “Eurostat” shows that the Government spent just 10% of its Social Protection outlay on the elderly in 2013 —— almost 12% less than the Eurozone standard.  This places Ireland 2nd last in the EU when it comes to spending in areas related to “OLD AGE” which includes […]

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U.S. gives — €900,000 to daughter of Garda

Am Irish Geneticist, Dr. Susan Walsh has received €900,000 from the U.S. Depart of Justice to develop tests for pioneering forensic techniques that could estimate a person’s appearance from a DNA sample. Dr. Walsh caught the forensic science bug while at school in Youghal, Co. Cork where her father was a Garda. Read the Irish […]

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National Federation of Pensioners’ Association (NFPA)

On the 17th June 2015, the National Federation Pensioners’ Association held a meeting which was addressed by Brian Bourke, Chairman for the Alliance of Retired Pubic Service Pensioners. This was the first time the  NFPA and the Alliance Retired Public Servants had discussions. Brian outlined the objectives of the Alliance and the many affiliated associations. […]

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Response from Minister Howlin to ALLIANCE

On the 6th May 2015, the Alliance of Retired Public Servants forwarded a 17 page submission to Mr. Brendan Howlin, Minister for Prublic Expenditure & Reform. The submission set out clearly a valid case for the immediate restoration of pension-cuts. Members of the ALLIANCE subsequently met the Minister with his Officials and expanded on their […]

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State Pensioners to get Pay Boost

Martin Frawley writing in the Sunday Times, 14th June States : “Most of the country’s 140,000 Public Service Pensioners are set for a rise of €900 over the next two years, after a side deal to last month’s Lansdowne Road Agreement on Public Sector Pay, according to Impact Trade Union.  The deal which is expected […]

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Public Sector Pension Levy – Current Position

Many of our retired Gardai may be asking – what achievements has the Alliance of Retired Public Servants made in the last year to restore the pension-cuts imposed under “The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) ?  Recently, a Parliamentary Question (PQ) was tabled by Mr. Jerry Buttermer TD., on the issue.  The […]

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New GSRMA President – Matt Cosgrave

Matt Cosgrave, from Dublin North Branch was elected the 14th President of the Garda Síochána Retired members’ Association following the GSRMA conference in Killarney.  He took over the office from Gerry Blake who spearheaded the 6,000 strong membership since 2012.  The association is proud of the achievements and advances made during his tenure, in particular […]

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GSRMA CONFERENCE – KILLARNEY

The 54th annual conference of the Garda Siochana Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) was officially opened yesterday afternoon at the elegant Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry.   It was a very special occasion in the history of the Garda Retired Association because it was the first time that the conference was a two day event and […]

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GSRMA €1,000 DRAW – RESULTS

Since Christmas 2011, the Central Committee of the  Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association presided over the holding of Cash Draws confined to GSRMA members. It is one of the BENEFITS  of the GSRMA.  The five lucky members to receive €1,000 cheques for SUMMER 2015 are : Cornelius K. Sullivan, Oakpark, Tralee. Thomas Cunningham, Williamstown, Co. […]

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Call for Inquiry into GSOC Probe.

Midde-ranking gardai have called on the Taoiseach to set up a judicial inquiry into how the Garda Ombudsman conducted an investigation into a sergeant who took his own life last week. Sergeant Michael Galvin, a married father-of-three, died by suicide last Thursday, a week after he was questioned under caution by GSOC investigators on suspicion […]

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Coiste Siamse – Fly-Fishing Championships

On 14th and 15th May 2015, the annual Garda Coiste Siamsa Fly-Fishing Championships took place on Lough Conn in Co. Mayo. This competition has been running for nearly 40 years and was again held over two days on this internationally-renowned brown trout fishing lough. Fishing conditions were good on both days of the competition and […]

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1916 Freedom Tour

From Friday 5th June, Dublin City will have something new to offer to visitors with the lunch of the “1916 Freedom Tour“.  This is a unique guided tour with supporting autio visual period footage of key locations of the 1916 Dublin in a specially converted 1916 themed Truck. The story of the conflict is told […]

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Parteen hit-run accident turns – “FATAL”.

The retired postman, Dermot O’ Brien, from Richmond Park, Corbally, Limerich, who was seriously injured in a dramatic hit-run accident in Parteen, Co. Clare last September has died.  He was buried on Saturday last.  At the time of the accident Dermot was chatting to his friends, Eric Ryan (79) and Willie Barry, a GSRMA member […]

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Garda who left a great legacy

The entire community of Croom, Co. Limerick this week remembered a “Real Policeman” who died doing the job he loved.  Eight years after his tragic death while attending the scene of a road accident, Garda Brian Kelleher was honoured with the erection of a plaque in his memory in the village where he served for […]

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Loss of Gardai — Dublin North Region

Following the release by the Department of Justice through a Parliamentary Question, Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’ Brien, states” “There are now a total of 673 Gardai working in the North Dublin Region which covers Balbriggan, Garristown, Lusk, Rush, Sherries, Malahide, Swords, Raheny, Ballymun, Santry and Dublin Airport Garda Station.  That compares to a total […]

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Obituary to Pioneering Garda Representative

Jack Marrinan, who has died aged 81, was a key moderniser of policing in Ireland.  Always known as Jack, he was assigned to protection duties at the home of W.T. Cosgrave, and he developed a close rapport with the former taoiseach. He combined his work as a garda with studying at Trinity College and graduated […]

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Watch-Out for “Comment Box” — Tie-On-Tags

The number of our Web Users” who submit interesting comments/replies to website articles is on the increase.  Its marvellous to see the interaction which helps to improve the service the GSRMA provides to members.  Click on the green text “continue reading” to open the full web article.  If there is a “Comment /Reply” you will […]

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A Walk on Clara Mountain — GSRMA Lads

On Friday, Pat Lehane and Jack McGrath, Killarney GSRMA with support from the Central Committee organised their second walking-trek to the top of Clara Mountain outside Millstreet.  One year ago, five members completed the task in 3.5 hours.  However on Friday, the number increased by 100% when ten GSRMA men came together from Killarney, Limerick, […]

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Death of Jack Marrinan, Dublin.

The death occurred on 12th May, of Mr. Jack Marrinan, one of the key figures in the development of the Garda Representative Association (GRA).  Since retirement from the force, Jack was a member of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) for Dublin South Branch.  He was aged 81 years. The GSRMA extend sincere sympathy […]

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Policing by Numbers

Jim Cusack writing in the Sunday Independent states ” A Garda management obsession with statistics and a completely wrong system of assessing Garda performance has created a crisis in policing.  A number of serving / retired Gardai who spoke last week about the “main” problems the force faces referred not to the resources or numbers […]

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Garda use of Pepper-Spray was — Justified

The force use by a Garda who pepper-sprayed a homeless man in a doorway in Dublin in March 2015 was “Justified, Lawful and Proportionate”, an investigation by the Garda Ombudsman has found.  A report published on Wednesday detailed the watchdog’s investigation into the incident on Friday, March 13th at Henry Street in the City Centre […]

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Newspaper Apology — Golf Story

The former president of and General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants’ & Inspectors (AGSI) have settled their defamation actions against the Publishers of the Irish Mail on Sunday.  The terms include an apology read to the High Court which said Associated Newspapers accept that an “untrue” report was published in the Irish Mail […]

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Pensioners won’t forget Noonan

Five days ago, John Ryan from Mallow was listening to Finance Minister Michael Noonan crowing about his “Spring Review” giveaway of no less than €1.5bn.  Straightaway, John put pen to paper and wrote a short letter expressing his anger to the “Paper” which os course was the Irish Examiner.  Today, Wednesday, the Irish Examiner published […]

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2% Rise for Public Sector Workers

The country’s 290,000 public sector workers are in line for pay increases of at least 2% that could be approved by the Summer, the Sunday Independent has revealed.  Senior Cabinet sources have confirmed that the controversial pay increases are just the first round of planned pay rises for State employees.  It appears the Government may […]

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Public Service —– PAY

Cliff Taylor, writing in the Irish Times on Easter Saturday, states the Government should have nothing whatsoever to do with TALKS about going back to where we were before, in terms of Public Pay or any other area of Public finance.   The Trade Union Conference season is ready to kick-off early next week and […]

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The Garda Force at its Finest

Positive indicators from a tiny bit of praise to winning a championship or solving an outstanding case are motivators  that encourage an individual, an organisation or team. Yesterday, I made a visit to Ballincollig Garda Station, Co. Cork to collect the contents from one small charity mite-box.  It was full with coins and a few […]

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Photographs from Cork Christmas Lunch

Last December 126 attended the Cork City GSRMA Christmas Lunch at Rochestown Park Hotel.  It was by far the biggest gathering of retired colleagues / friends for the annual Christmas Lunch.  The social event was ogranised by the Cork Branch Committee under the chairmanship of John F. Murray.  On hands was in-coming chairman (Michael Lewis) […]

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Pension Ombudsman – Strayed outside his Jurisdiction

An Irish Times article has details of a High Court Hearing where the Judge ruled that the Pension Ombudsman “Strayed well outside his jurisdiction” in a case that concerned a National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) employee who challenged PUBLIC SERVICE PENSION CUTS. The NTMA employee had made a complaint about a pension-cut resulting from the […]

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Alliance – Newsletter (January 2015)

We are just into the first few days of “SPRING 2015” and delighted to convey the good news of the very first “Newsletter” from the Alliance of Retired Public Servants.  The January 2015 Newsletter is circulated to keep the 75,000 Alliance Membership informed of all the facts relation to: (i) Public Service Pension Reductions, (ii) […]

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Salaries docked to pay “Property Charge”

Tens of thousands of homeowners have had portion of their salaries docked or tax refunds withheld after failing to pay property-related taxes. Revenue has ordered Employers and Pension providers to deduct amounts from 45,000 homeowners after they failed to pay their household charge, the predecessor to the property tax.  More than 19,000 people had Tax […]

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Pay on the Table — Economy Inproves

In December, Labour Minister Ged Nash said 2015 would be ” Year of Pay Rise”.  While few workers’ are likely to have actually pay awards so far, moves towards securing increases have been gathering pace. With un-employment falling to just over 10% workers’ bargaining power is recovering. Read the Irish Times article by Martin Wall 

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Supreme Court decision – Pension Appeal

An article in the Irish Times today reads ” A retired solicitor’s appeal against a refusal to grant him a State contributory pension has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.  Philip Meagher (88) who was Laois county coroner before retiring in 1996, claimed the Minister for Social Protection had not properly interpreted legislation governing qualifying […]

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Alliance OPEN Meeting in Wexford – Feedback

At the Riverside Park Hotel on the banks of the River Slaney, Enniscorthy well over 260 retired public servants assembled last evening for an open meeting.  They all came to support the Alliance of Retired Public Servants launch their Programme which will kick-start their battle to eliminate Public Service Pension Reductions. The Garda Síochána Retired […]

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New Tax Advisory for GSRMA Members.

The Garda Síochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA) are delighted to announce Ms Mary Farrell, Tax Advisory has been included in the panel of experts available to our GSRMA Membership . Mary Farrell is based in Letterkenny in Co. Donegal but will provide a nationwide service to all GSRMA members, either by email or post, and […]

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Praise for Off-Duty Garda

An off-duty garda has been praised by a judge for arming himself with a traffic cone and catching two robbers after witnessing a raid in a Dublin shop.  Judge Nolan praised the diligent work of Det Garda Paul Johnson who he said “disabled” the robber’s get-away motobike.  He also congratulated the members of the public […]

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Kilcullen GAA — Lifetime Awards

Prior to Christmas, Kilcullen GAA Club held a Social Function in Fallon’s Restaurant, Kilcullen, to present three “Lifetime G.A.A. Awards“.  The three recipients were recognised for giving distinguished service to their local community and in particular to Kilcullen GAA Club.  Award No. 1 – went to Club President, Billy Aspell.   Next award went to […]

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Cuts to State Pensions

A cut in the basic rates of the State Pension must be considered as an option to ensure its sustainability, officials at the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform have argued. An expenditure review drawn up by the Department Officials has expressed strong concerns about the future of expenditure levels on the State Contributory and […]

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Budget 2015 — Changes in U.S.C.

Ms. Mary Farrell who heads the new Tax Advisory Service for the Garda Síochána Retired Members Association (GSRMA) studied details of Budget 2015 which was delivered in Dáil Éireann last month by Finance Minister, Mr. Michael Noonan.  Her report and calculations in relation to changes in Universal Social Charges (U.S.C.) hereunder will be of interest […]

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Cork Garda Choir — RTE (1) Broadcast

On Sunday morning the RTE (1) broadcast  of a Garda Commemoration Ecumenical Service  touched the hearts of many.  The 27 members of the Cork Garda Choir under Musical Director Ms. Marjorie Moran and accompanist Tim Fouhy were outstanding and a credit to An Garda Siochana.  Leading clergymen Fr. Pat Stevenson, PP. Crosshaven, Co. Cork and […]

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From the Archives — Old SDU Photographs

If you access the  “Members Area” of the website you will see some old photographs taken in 1981 of SDU members attending a presentation to a colleague. You will also be able to read about members of the SDU arranging a Christmas get-together.  Over 30 colleagues who were former members of SDU have a message […]

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Photograph – Killarney Station Party 1924

Centenary celebrations marking the founding of An Garda Síochána are just eight years away.  Photographs of founding members of the force who opened Garda Barracks will be of historic value.  Thanks to a Mrs. Betty Meade, who lives in Cobh, Co. Cork, Pat Lehane (Chairman Killarney GSRMA) is able to display a beautiful black & […]

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Government — No Change to Pension Levy

The first step in unwinding the Emergency Leglislation that under-pinned pay-cuts across the Public Service at the height of the financial crisis was taken yesterday by the Government.  Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin, secured Cabinet agreement to delete a key section of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 […]

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Our Worries in an Ageing Society.

Yesterday, the Irish Independent featured a very interesting article from David McWilliam.  The author of the article was reflecting back to the death of his own father (79 yrs.) five years ago.  His father was a healthy man up to a number of years before he died, but over-night his quality of life plummeted dreadfully. […]

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Wexford GSRMA NEWS

Plans are at an advance stage for a bus trip to Belfast in Mid November and many of the Wexford GSRMA are looking forward to the over-night hotel accommodation, the opportunity to see the Titanic Exhibition and a tour the Belfast.  Tony Fagan, Branch Sec., assured all that it will be a very enjoyable excursion.  […]

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Filleadh ar an Teampeall Mór – TG4 Wed. 15th October.

GSRMA ag rá  —– “Comhghairdeachas dos na daoine go léir a ghlac páirt sa chlár iontac sin”.  Filleadh ar An Teampall Mór’ (‘Return To Templemore’) was a TG4 Broadcast at 9.30 pm on Wednesday 15th October 2014 .  It looked back to  1964, when the Gardaí moved their training facility from PhoenixPark to Templemore.  Fifty […]

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Legal Challenge Over Sick Pay for Gardai

The Garda Representative Association has lost its legal challenge to Gardai being included in cuts to paid sick leave entitlements.  The GRA had challenged the decision of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.  Mr. Justice Kearns, yesterday in the High Court said he was refusing all of the reliefs sought by the GRA. Read […]

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A DREAM COME TRUE – Garda Retired Association

Turning the first sod, laying the foundation-stone, unveiling a plaque and cutting the tape are all markers in the development of many new buildings. In most cases people gather with a sense of pride and joy to observe the historic occasion.  Thursday, 15th May 2014, was one such occasion for the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ […]

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National Federation of Pensioners’ Association

The National Federation of Pensioners Association (NFPA) was formed in 1976 and to-day has 20 Pensioners Associations (including the Garda Síochána Retired members’ Association) affiliated to it.  It represents 29,000 Public & Semi-State Pensioners who are unique in that all its pensioners are in receipt of occupational pensions.  NFPA makes a Pre-Budget Submission each year […]

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Memorial plaque at Listowel Garda Station

In many Garda Stations countrywide, name-plates, plaques and photographs remind the station party and local community of Gardai who faithfully served their village, parish or town.  In most cases they refer to young Gardai who lost their lives in the execution of duty.  In the Sunday Independent, 31st August 2014, a letter from Patrick Fleming, […]

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No NPPR Charges for 2014

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended by Local Goverment (Household Charges) Act 2011, introduced a €200 annual charge on Non-Principal Private Residencefor all years from 2009 until 2013.  A grace period for late payments of these charges expires to-day, 31st August.  If the payments are not made in full or if settlement terms […]

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Nursing Home Fees — TAX Relief ?

In the Business page of the Sunday Independent, Pat O’ Brien answers “Your Questions”.  His Questions & Answers to-day maybe be of interest to some of our members.  One concerns a lady in Gorey who is paying Nursing Home fees for her father and she she is anxious to know if she can claim Tax […]

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Irish Independent Editorial – Praise for Gardai

On Friday, 26th September, the “Editorial” in the Irish Independent reminded the Nation of the heroic work done daily by members of An Garda Síocháin.  The heading speaks volumes:  “Lets not forget – We depend on the Gardai“.  It highlighted two cases where on Thursday, the Gardai were called to deal with the brutal murder […]

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Garda discretion can build a link between communities and police.

John Canty, Mallow, Co. Cork put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Irish Examiner last week on the above topic.  His letter was published on Wednesday, 24th September.  The Garda Síochána he states …….is on its knees and regularly we hear about abuses of power, penalty points being knocked-off and summonses disappearing.  […]

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Are Children Smothered by Regulations & Nannyism ?

Joe Barry, writing in this weeks “Indo Farming Supplement” has pondered on the above heading.  He is comparing the life & times of school children 60 years ago to the school-children of to-day.  Many of our retired Gardai came from the farming backgrounds and went to school through the fields in that era and may […]

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Pensioner – High Court Settlement

A pensioner recently settled a High Court action against the State depriving him of his pension entitlements. On the death of his wife, the pensioner became entitled to a widower’s contributory surviving spouse pension.  However, he claimed he was entitled to a greater amount — on the basis that his late wife had made contributions […]

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Telephone Directory Enquiries — BEWARE

Telephone users have been warned that they risk running-up massive bills for using directory enquiries to get a telephone number.  Getting connected to a telephone-line through a Directory Enquiries Service can cost up to €30 for a ten minute call, Consurmers Association research has found. We hope the following article will save you money. Read […]

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U-turn by Minister on Sick Leave – Gardai

Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin T.D., made a sudden U-turn when he unexpectedly decided to include gardai with other Public Servants in the new sick leave regulations after a senior Trad Union official threatened to ballot their members, it was claimed in a High Court challenge yesterday. Read the Irish Times article, click –  […]

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Garda Recruits to lose €4,000 in Allowances

Tom Brady writes in the Irish Independent that new Garda recruits will lose out on an annual allowance of €4,000.  It will also take them 2 years longer to reach the top of the pay-scale for Garda rank.  Its all part of an overhaul to the Garda pay structure under the Haddington Road agreement.  A […]

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RIC men recalled – Sunday Indo Letter Winner

Congratulations to GSRMA Member Gerry Lovett, winner of “Letter of the Week” in the Sunday Independent dated 24th August 2014.  His prize is three bottles of The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Liqueur, courtesy of First Ireland Spirits.  This should help to raise some spirits.  Gerry is Hon. Sec of the RIC / DMP Commemoration Committee who […]

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Think Ahead

What if a day comes when you are unable to make decisions for yourself? What if you are suddenly taken ill, are involved in an accident or lose your ability to think clearly or independently? How well do your closest family members or friends know your wishes? Think Ahead is an idea that came from […]

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Guerin Report — High Court Challenge

The former Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, has launched a high court challenge with the aim of quashing some findings in the Gueerin Report.  Deputy Shatter resigned following the publication of the report , which criticised his handling of allegations made by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Read the Irish Mirror

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Eligibility for Medical Cards

As a result of medical cards issues mentioned in the Summer 2014 Síocháin, Michael Coleman, Branch Chairman for Dublin South GSRMA, made a detailed submission to the HSE to highlight the current inequity in the health system. Michael’s submission which we have inserted below  is very clear and addresses the concerns of many retired gardai. […]

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Cork City — GSRMA Certs Presented

On Tuesday, 20th May, 2014, the Cork City Branch of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) organised a social gathering to mark the presentation of “GSRMA Certificates” to twenty-one (21) Long Serving members in Cork.  Those attending included six Garda widows, the oldest, Mrs. Hannah Browne now aged 96 years. Each recipient was presented […]

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Headstone Memorial — Garda Hugh Ward (Reg. No. 5663)

On Saturday, 28th June 2014, members of An Garda Síochána with retired colleagues walked in procession to St. John’s old cemetery at Nobber, Co. Meath.  It was a very special procession to unveil a headstone over the unmarked grave of Garda Hugh Ward (5663) the 8th member of the force to die in the execution […]

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Opening DAY (GSRMA House) – Photo Gallery

Thursday, 15th May 2014, was a proud day for the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA), when Mr. Gerry Blake (President) and Central Committee Members celebrated the official opening of their new Head Office.  Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey, represented the Garda Síochána as other invited guests assembled for the official opening ceremony.  Fr. Joe […]

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Judging a Police Officer – How Should it be done ?

The days of judging work-performance of a Garda or Police Officer on the number of Parking Tickets, Summonses or arrest seem to be coming to and end. This week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a Bill banning Illinois Law enforcement agencies from using ticket quotas or citations as an evaluative measure. A New Jersey Assemblyman […]

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Memories of JFK — Irish Independent Supplement

Part 2 of JFK Stories issued FREE with the Irish Independent, in June 2013, had some lovely photographs which reminded retired Garda colleagues of  the American President’s State Visit to Ireland  50 Years Ago.  On page 12 & 13 the Cork City Branch Sec GSRMA  rekindles some memories to capture the moment.  If you had […]

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Medical Card – G.P. (only) Card – Drug Payment Card

Changes have taken place to the Medical Card System causing some confusion.  The following may assist some of our retired members in relation to entitlements for holders of (i) Medical Cards;   (ii) G.P. (only) Card  and (iii) Drug Payment Card. A “Medical Card” entitled the holder to free G.P. and Hospital-Visits as well as […]

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Hugh O’ Flaherty — Sound Advice On Controversies

Hugh O’ Flaherty, Retired Supreme Court Judge, writing in the Irish Independent on Monday, 12th May 2014, states “We must keep a sense of proportion over controversies that racked the gardai  –  Lets not lose respect and gratitude for the work the gardai do”.  He feels that money will have to be provided so that […]

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71% Retired Gardai – Supporting Adult Children

An austerity survey has illustrates the extent of hardship among 60-70 year olds. 71% of retired members of An Garda Síochána surveyed by their Association are supporting their adult children by paying household bills, providing for grandchildren and paying off debts with many reporting that they see no future for themselves. These figures come following the […]

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Impact of Pension Reductions & Taxation Measures – Garda Retired

The austerity measures introduced by successive Governments in recent years have had particular impact on pensioners as they have entered a stage of life where they no longer have other means of income generation in the main.  This report looks in particular at the impact of these measures on members of the Garda Síochána Retired […]

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Gardai Should Earn Stripes — On MERIT

The Garda Siochána has been rocked by a series of allegations and admissions that understandably undermined public confidence in the whole justice system — writes P.J. Stone, General Secretary, Garda Representative Association (GRA) in the Herald dated 23rd April, 2014. The article goes on to state – Our members have always been sceptical of the […]

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Retired Gardai — “Struggling Financially”

Conor Lally, Irish Times Reporter, writes following the Garda Retired Annual Conference in Sligo that “Retired Gardai who gave their best years of their working lives to the State are financially supporting their adult children on reduced pensions after having gone guarantor for them on large mortages during the boom”.  Gerry Blake, President of the […]

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Garda Cadetship — Letter of the Week.

A Cavanman, Mr. Val Martin, is the writer and winner of the “Letter of the Week” in the Sunday Independent. In doing so, the prize of three bottles of “The Dublin Irish Whiskey Liquor”, courtesy of First Ireland Spirits, is on its way to Cavan. The letter writer feels there is a very strong case […]

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Alliance Retired Public Servants — LETTER

In May 2013, the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin TD, met with the Alliance of Retired Public Servants to discuss their grievances on cuts that were made to pensions and the restoration of full pension entitlements in the future.  On the 10th March last, Mr. Christry Conville (Sec. Alliance RPS) sent […]

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Night Duty – Cure to “Reset” the Body Clock

A Pill to “rest” the body-clock, curing jet lag and easing the strain of working night, scientists have discovered. Manchester University Researchers found the enzyme keeps the body operating on a 24-hour rhythm.  When it is suppressed, this effectively resets itself, making it easier for the body to adapt to being up at night or […]

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Proud of Irish Police Force –

Anne Feris writing in the Irish Independent states we have a Police force to be proud of but the  oversight structure is fundamentally flawed.  She continues — “The past few weeks have not been the most glorious for the Garda Commissioner or the GSOC.  While the public was understandably shocked at the alleged surveillance of […]

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Cooke Review of GSOC – Analysis by Conor Brady

An analysiss in the Irish Times by Conor Brady states: ” It is unlikely that the Cooke Review by former High Court Judge, John Cooke of the alleged bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) will be conclusive in regards to technical questions.  Modern electronis survellance systems generally do not leave traces.  We will […]

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50th Anniversary Celebrations — Garda College

The President and Central Committee members of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) which represents over 6,000 retired gardai, extend congratulations to An Gárda Síochána on the force marking 50 YEARS of GARDA TRAINING at Templemore Garda College, Co. Tipperary.  The move from Phoenix Park Depot occurred on Valentine’s Day in February 1964, as […]

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ALLIANCE – New Council Members Elected

The Garda Siochana Retired Members Association is an active member of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants  set-up 18 months ago. Mr. Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in correspondence with the Alliance welcomed it’s  formalised structure for ongoing engagement on public service pension matters. Membership of the “ALLIANCE“  includes representatives of the […]

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Error in Final Smithwick Tribunal Report

The Smithwick tribunal has made an error in its final report by mixing up the evidence given by two retired gardai, the Sunday Independent has learned. Judge Smithwick published his final report in December. One of the retired gardai, Thomas Brady, a former Garda Superintendent, noticed the mistake last month and alerted the Smithwicj Tribunal, […]

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Solicitor — defends Smithwick’s Findings

In the Irish Times to-day, Mr. John McBurney, Solicitor for the family of murdered RUC officer Harry Breen, says the gardai’s critique is highly selective and filled with errors and displays a lack of familiarity with inquiry findings. On the three retired Garda Officers who were authors of the critique, he states “They no doubt […]

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Retired Garda Officers – Critique on Smithwick Conclusions

Three former Garda Officers, now members of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick Tribunal conclusions, challenging its key findings of collusion by unnamed gardai in the murder of two RUC officers. They claim this Tribunal findings is not grounded in FACTS and should be rejected by […]

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Fr. John Quinn, P.P. – St Peters, Clayton, Australia

John Quinn joined An Garda Siochana on the 10th. of May 1955 – the year of the very hot Summer.  It can be assumed that when he arrived at the Depot Gate at 9.00am from the Banner County he was eagerly looking forward to an interesting career in our force and perhaps with a bit […]

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Get Facts Right on Pensions.

Below is a copy of a letter published on 12 January in  in the Sunday Independent with a title “Get Facts Right On Pensions”.  Author is a retired school teacher who for 35 yrs paid 6.5% towards his small pension. This letter shows the support / advantage our Association (GSRMA) has since we affiliated to […]

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Retired Garda -v- Ulster Bank

A former Detective Garda had to call in the Gardai when his local Ulster Bank Branch said he was to blame when €1,800 went missing from his bank account.  The retired garda had himself spent 40 years in the force .  Greg Harkin a reporter with the Sunday Independent outlines there was no apology from […]

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Retired Sgt. Mick Houlihan – Cork City

It was a trip down memory lane yesterday when 90 year-old retired Garda Sergeant Michael Houlihan made a courtesy visit to Elizabeth Fort, Cork City.  This was the very place where he spent many years as “Sergeant Incharge” of Barrack Street Garda Station.  The Garda Station was closed a few months ago and yesterday the […]

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Longest Serving Garda – Advice for Taoiseach

Alfred Ignatius Flood born in Dublin in 1904 was proud to acclaim he held the record of the longest serving member of An Garda Síochána and the longest serving President of the Garda Retired Association.  He had 47 years and four months Garda Service and retired from the force in 1972 at the rank of […]

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Above & Beyond the Call of Duty

The instant response of a uniform Garda  seventy-six years ago in Ballina, Co. Mayo is a reminder to us all of the dangers members of the Garda Síochána can face on a tour of duty.  This case concerns Garda Manus Patten who was on duty in the early hours of St. Stephen’s morning in 1938. […]

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Website Draw — €100 Winners

Close on 1650 GSRMA members have to-date REGISTERED and received a Username & Password which allows them access to the Members Area of the Garda Retired Website. In order to encourage Garda Retired members to make better use of the website, the Central Committee arranged a Christmas Darw for two €100 prizes for our web […]

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Budget 2014 – Retired Paying the Price

Our country always took pride with taxes from the “Working Population” paying the cost of benefits for the young and the retired.  Looks like our  youth have grown-up, left our country as yesterdays budget sees the Irish Government digging into the pensions of the retired sector.  Our retired members will now feel the pinch as […]

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Alliance of Retired Public Servants Budget 2014 Submission.

The Alliance of Retired Public Servants  in its Budget 2014 submission highlights the affect the pension reductions are having all retired public servant including retired Gardai. It calls for the restoration of our pension entitlements. The full text of the submission can be viewed here Alliance Budget Proposals on Pension Reduction

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New GSRMA Head Office – 5 Harrington Street

September 1st marked the first day of Autumn but it was also an important date for the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association.  We wmoved from the Garda Club to our brand new Head Quarters at No. 5 Harrington Street, Dublin 8.  The move was only a few yards down the street but it was a […]

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Service at Mount Argus – Sat. 27th August 2016.

The HARP Society have pleasure in inviting you to attend this year’s Interdenominational Service at the Church St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, Dublin 6W, at 2.30pm on Saturday 27 August 2016.  The ceremony will consist of Old and New Testament readings and some appropriate liturgical music provided by the Garda Ladies Choir directed by Mr Rodney […]

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