There is deep anger in Government at the militant tactics adopted by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) in an effort to scuttle talks on the extension of the Croke Park agreement.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter yesterday rebuked the GRA for picketing the venue where talks between the Government and union leaders were taking place.

Mr Kenny called on the GRA to return to the talks, which he said were critical for the Republic’s future.

“The place to be is at the table and the opportunity is there for the GRA to go back in there and to discuss in a rational and a professional manner the concerns and the anxieties that they might have,” he said after an event in Sandyford, Co Dublin.

Yeah? Say that to their faces…


Coalition anger at tactics used by Garda association (Stephen Collins, Conor Lally, Martin Wall, Irish Times)

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