20 February 2006

Garda bodies opposing reserve

RTÉ

20 February 2006 20:39

Garda representative bodies meeting in Sligo tonight have said they will not cooperate with the proposed Garda Reserve.

Justice Minister Michael McDowell published proposals for the reserve today.

Members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors and the Garda Representative Association say they are organising a series of meetings to oppose the plans and that they have serious concerns which have not been listened to.

The plans for the Garda Reserve propose that reserve gardaí will wear garda type uniforms and be allowed to carry batons.

However, reservists would be allowed to patrol only under the supervision of a full-time garda and would not drive official vehicles.

Earlier, the General Secretary of the GRA, PJ Stone, said his organisation will 'absolutely not' cooperate with the Garda Reserve Force.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's News At One, Mr Stone said if Justice Minister Michael McDowell continues to proceed with his plans without consultation, the association will take whatever steps that are necessary to protect its members.

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