Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members

MEDIA STATEMENT

 Garda Síochána Retired Members Association 

 28 October 2016

 “The plight of Gardaí over four decades must finally be acknowledged”

 Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members

 The Association representing retired members of An Garda Siochána have thrown their weight behind the current industrial action being undertaken by the AGSI and being proposed by the GRA. 

Speaking today Association President Matt Cosgrave described the unprecedented action being taken by both Garda associations as “reflective of decades of neglect and disregard for Gardaí taking their lives into their hands to serve and protect the citizens of this country.

“We have had a significant show of support from our 9,500 members who feel that the current cohort of Gardaí are showing guts in their actions. Make no mistake –these members will have voted with their hearts and their heads to take this action and it won’t sit well with them. However they feel they have no choice and many are individually taking the action in the interest of new and future Gardaí.”

The GSRMA has an active membership and most members join the association on retirement. 

General Secretary Paschal Feeney, a former President of the AGSI said retired members were free to speak openly about the current situation. 

“What we are seeing is a series of planned strikes from November 4th, all but in name.  The battle for equal rights to negotiate pay and conditions is a battle that is going on for many years and those leading the Associations have access to the annals of history and they know that Government’s have never acceded to Garda pleas for direct pay negotiating rights. 

So they either make no mark in history or they create a new future for all Gardaí current and future. We support them fully and we felt it important to publicly support them by releasing a statement. 

GSRMA House

5 Responses to Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members

  1. Liam Ralph October 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    All serving members should be supported by the GSRMA, it’s now or never, if they back down now they will be railroaded by the government and successive administrations. Now is the time to dig in and show the authorities that they will not be trodden on any longer. Enough is Enough.

  2. Eugene October 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m sure that a lot of retired members are supporting GRA and AGSI, at least all that are members of GSRMA. There are probably a big number of retired members out there who couldn’t care less about them. Some of them don’t seem to be too worried about the restoration of pensions anyway, judging by the number that never bothered joining our Association. We will continue to support the serving members against the hostility that is out there, from a large section of the public, some journalists, and some of our representatives in Dáil Éireann. We need to keep up the pressure to get our pensions restored as well.

  3. John Brennan October 28, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    The Government cant have it both ways and at last it looks like they wont.
    Particular congratulations to the Association spokepersons in G.R.A. and A.G.S.I.
    They have presented their case in the media with professionalism and confidence.
    They haven’t allowed interviewers to browbeat them and have defended their positions calmy and sensibly without recourse to bluster

  4. patrick joseph mc October 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    Having read Conor Brady in last Sundays Times Tim Pat Coogan in to days Independent and other respected Journalists over the few months ,there is a need for a commission to address the problems of the the Garda Siochana which go back to the foundation of the state. Impact Trade Union has made two interventions to make sure the gardai do not get fair treatment not special treatment especially in relation to Sick Leave regulations .By the nature of their work Gardai especially the uniform section on front line duty are more likely to be exposed to illness and injury because of having to respond under pressure to the unexpected .The sad fact is there are less and less there to respond in a timely manner .

  5. patrick joseph mc October 30, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    Conor Brady has an article in to days Sunday Times, It is well worth reading . Some may not like what he is saying that the biggest problem that people feel they are not valued by the organization that employ them .Some food for thought for everybody

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