Updated: 03/11/16 : 12:12:02Printable Version
The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has asked members in several units not to take part in any industrial action on Friday.
It says this in order to support operational need.
"This will ensure a skeletal service to protect the security of the State, prevent and detect serious crime and preserve vital evidence."
Members of the following units or specialist roles are "respectfully asked" to respond positively to requests by management to fulfil or provide cover for their usual roles: Emergency Response Unit [ERU]
Regional Support Units [RSU]
Garda Technical Bureau [Mapping, Fingerprints, Ballistics and Photographic Sections]
Critical Incident/Major Emergency response capabilities
Protection & Escort Personnel/Units
National Surveillance Unit
Static Protection Posts
Special Detective Unit
Witness Security Programme Unit
Garda Drugs Organised Crime Bureau
Special Dedicated Embassy Patrols
Forensic Collision Investigators
Attend to prosecutions in court
Student and Probationer Gardaí
It says that the ongoing security of the State, protection of life and the gathering of evidence by these units is paramount and must not be compromised.
GRA General-Secretary Pat Ennis said: "The government failed to make effective contingency plans despite five weeks’ warning of withdrawal of services by gardaí.
"The recent negotiation process was unnecessarily protracted. The GRA has engaged throughout in a responsible problem-solving manner. This government has perilously gambled with public safety in its treatment of our members.
"History shows that gardaí put their lives on the line to protect the public. To this end, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the risk to the public is contained and minimised".