Rank and file Gardaí exclude t...


Rank and file Gardaí exclude top cop from conference

Jonathan Duane
Jonathan Duane

03:51 16 Feb 2024

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A group representing rank-and-file Gardai has decided not to invite the Garda Commissioner to its annual conference.

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The GRA hasn't extended an invitation to Commissioner Drew Harris to its conference in Mayo in April.

Members of the Garda Representative Association are unhappy with a return to pre-covid rosters.

The group claims emergency rosters during the pandemic gave them a better work-life balance.

GRA President Brendan O'Connor says it reflects the breakdown in trust in the relationship between Commissioner Drew Harris and rank and file members.

Last September the GRA voted no confidence in the Commissioner and today the organisation says the issues that contributed to that continue to have an impact on morale and working environment of members every day.

It says morale is in tatters and the association could not maintain credibility if the Commissioner had an opportunity to articulate a management perspective at the conference.

It's the first time it has happened in the history of the organisation.

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