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 figures which include those on maternity leave, carers’ leave or career breaks, show than one in 12 gardai availed of leave for the first 10 months of 2015”.

Read the Irish Examiner article Calls by FF Senator to bring back retired Gardai



3 Responses to Bring back Retired Gardai — F.F. Senator

  1. John Brennan November 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    I am afraid that this suggestion reminds me of another notion proposed by a T.D. several years ago when he proposed a pay rise for Gardai as long as we increased our working week by eight hours. There is no such thing as cheap policing The country requires a properly funded resourced police force which makes use of modern technology, equipment and ensures a visible uniformed presence of the streets and roads of city and country.

  2. patrick joseph mc November 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    John Brennan has got it correct, At one Stage one could not come back after a career break until one had undergone a Training Course to bring the person up to date on legal changes and procedural changes. The challenge is to retain serving members as no one leaves a career lightly. It also ignores the physical stamina required to perform the duty of a garda on the street and not a task for senior citizens

  3. Big Dog November 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    The article does not make it clear that the leave that is being referred to is special leave and not annual leave which everybody is entitled to.
    When I read the main article and the comments of the Senator, he inappropriately uses the word ‘common sense’ to describe his suggestion.
    All sorts of issues are raised by bringing back retired members – if such people that want to come back do indeed exist? Do they have the powers of arrest that are conferred on serving members. What are the pay and conditions? What happens if they get injured on duty? What about pension issues? Etcetera, etcetera.
    I suspect that what is being suggested refers to situations where retired members are brought back into administrative/clerical jobs to fill gaps within the enormous bureaucracy in the force. That does not serve any useful purpose, and will not do anything to deal with the problem of the huge shortage of personnel engaged in ordinary policing.

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