GRA Conference 2014

1 May

This week saw the 2014 Garda Representative Association annual conference in Killarney. The following are some of the issues raised:

  • Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was not invited to the meeting
  • Calls for the introduction of  Tasers
  • Training in firearms should be given to gardaí
  • Fears over below level recruitment and lack of resources
  • Drugs shipments were ‘slipping the net’ due to resource limitations
  • Gardaí want the powers to detain drunk persons in Garda stations until they have sobered up
  • A change of uniform
  • GRA General Secretary PJ Stone said he believed former Commissioner Martin Callinan had been sacked as a result of politics
  • Stone also called for the establishment of an independent police body with a much reduced role for the DoJ and the Minister for Justice in appointment of Commissioners and promotion of garda – thereby severing politics from policing
  • Calls for legislation to put an end to the need to write interviews down when they were being electronically recorded
  • Publication of garda assault figures annually to highlight it as a serious issue
  • GRA backed Interim Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan for the permanent post of Commissioner
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