The association was formed in 1961 by retired Gardai who were determined to seek parity of pensions. It was very successful with improving the welfare, social and economic status of retired Gardai. Originally called the Garda Siochana Pensioners’ Association (G.P.A.), in 2002 it changed the name title to the Garda Siochana Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA).
The Birth of GSRMA
Monday, September 2nd 2013, marked a giant-step in the History of the GSRMA when the central committee & GSRMA staff moved into a new Head-Office at No.5 Harrington Street, Dublin 8. This was the very first building the association had purchased in its 52 years history. The first central committee in 1961, leased its H.Q. at No. 38 Westmoreland Street and in October, 1962 it moved for a ten year lease to a larger head-office at No. 43 Dawson Street. When that lease expired, head office was relocated to No. 32 Nassau Street, Dublin where the association spent a quarter of a century. Getting ready for the new millennium, in 1999 the Garda Pensioners’ Association (GPA) decided to lease a premises at No. 8 Harrington Street. At this time plans were at an advance stage to re-brand and rename the association for a new and younger generation of retired gardai. On the 1st January, 2002, a new phase began as the Garda Síochána Retired members’ Association (GSRMA) was born.
Throughout 2013, President Gerry Blake and the Central Committee of the GSRMA worked to secure a new head quarters for the association. On 15th May, 2014, President Gerry Blake and the Central Committee will be present to witness the official opening of — GSRMA HOUSE, No. 5 Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
From GSRMA House, the central committee and staff will continue their efforts to protect pensions and attend to the welfare needs of the 5,700 membership.
We are committed to giving — “Service to GSRMA Members” — by :
- Ensuring the Protection of their retirement pensions.
- Improve their welfare, social and economic status.
- Seeking to improved their health benefits.
- Providing a Quarterly Síocháin magazine to keep our 5,700 members informed and updated.
- Designing a modern website (www.gardaretired.com) for our members to easily access.
- Arranging a special GSRMA House & Car Insurance Scheme.
- Offering special discounts and a chance to wins in the GSRMA Cash Draws.
- Assisting the membership.
History of the GSRMA
When marking the 50th anniversary celebrations of the association of a member of the GSRMA Central Committee compiled a history of the association. You can read the full history document hereunder: