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.