Alliance Update: Correspondence re FEMPI

Dear Grant, Thank you and Deputy Calleary for meeting us last Wednesday. During our discussion we were very glad to hear of Fianna Fail’s continued commitment to restoring all public service pensions by 2019 and your intention to write reiterating same. Recognising that Minister Donohoe is preparing to legislate regarding FEMPI soon and your consultative […]

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GSRMA Short Story Competition- Winners & Prize Ceremony

Thank you to all the members who entered the first GSRMA Short Story Competition this year. Congratulations to the  final 4 winners ,as per adjudication panel decision, of GSRMA Short Story Competition Terry Naughton ( Cork City Branch), Thomas O’Rourke ( Bray Branch) , Bill Kelly ( Dublin North Branch) & Paul McGettigan ( Dublin South Branch) The […]

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Garda culture must change – but it can only do so if all layers of force are onboard

Article in todays Irish Independent by Daniel Denison is professor of management and organisation at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) IN THE aftermath of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s retirement, it’s important for An Garda Síochána to pay attention to the Garda culture if it is to retrieve its reputation in the coming years. […]

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Hiqa chair denies Fair Deal meeting was ‘conflict of interest’

Article from todays Irish Insependent THE chairman of the country’s patient safety watchdog told private nursing home owners at a “secret meeting” that they should appeal the fees they were offered by the State to care for Fair Deal residents and the scheme “lacked sophistication”. Brian McEnery (inset) said he told the nursing home owners […]

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Pressure mounts on Government to solve issue over pensions

PRESSURE has intensified on the Government to urgently amend the State’s pension rules, which have left thousands of women out of pocket and been the subject of days of political controversy. The Government yesterday suffered a series of embarrassing Dáil defeats, most notably on a Fianna Fáil motion that proposes an end to the pension […]

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PSNI Chief Constable rejects allegations

Article by Gerry Moriarty from todays Irish Times The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and other senior officers have rejected allegations that they were guilty of “criminality and misconduct” in the investigation of corruption claims against other senior officers.Mr Hamilton, the Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton are among a […]

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Regulator defends pace of mortgage inquiry

And they give out about the pace of Investigations in Garda Siochana. Get off the fence!!!!!!! See article by Conor Pope Central Bank governor says investigation largest and most complex yet undertaken The Central Bank governor Philip Lane said the investigation into how 11 Irish mortgage lenders wrongly forced more than 20,000 homeowners off tracker […]

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Regulator discussed tracker scandal with Garda

Article by Conor Pope in todays Irish Times – Governor says banks tend to seek profitability to detriment of customers The prospect of Irish banks facing criminal proceedings after wrongly forcing more than 20,000 homeowners off tracker mortgages was raised by the Central Bank yesterday. However, after it was raised by the bank at the […]

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Government needs ‘roadmap’ to rectify pension imbalance

FF says women losing out on payments due to ‘bonkers and unbelievable’ anomaly The Government needs to set out a “roadmap” to deal with an anomaly in the pension scheme that sees thousands of women losing out on payments, Fianna Fáil has said. The call from the main Opposition party, whose abstention is needed to pass the […]

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Budget 2018: Reading between the lines of Donohoe’s speech

Minister’s plans on ‘more appropriate accommodation’, sugar and Brexit decoded Corrosive crisis “I am very aware of the corrosive impact on Irish society of homelessness. I am also aware that many people living in the private rented sector wish to find more appropriate accommodation or move to their own home, but at the moment cannot […]

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Winners and losers from Budget 2018 and finding the surprises

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk Budget 2018 spread the jam thinly. The winners are middle-income earners, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy. The losers are sun-bed loving smokers with a taste for sugary drinks, writes Conor Pope. The big news for business was the new rate of stamp duty of 6 per cent now applicable […]

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Donohoe hails ‘landmark’ announcement by Nama

Ireland’s bad bank unveils plan to redeem final tranche of senior debt later this month Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has hailed the announcement by Nama that it is to redeem its final €500 million of senior debt three years ahead of schedule as a “landmark day” in Ireland’s financial history. The agency announced plans to redeem […]

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BUDGET 2018 – From GSRMA Tax Consultant Mary Farrell

BUDGET 2018 Most of the changes were well flagged. I will deal with the ones affecting income first. Income Tax The point at which the higher rate of tax comes into effect will rise next year by €750 per annum for a single person and a married couple with one income earner. 2017 2018 Rate Band- Single […]

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Budget 2018: The key points

Budget 2018: The key points Updated / Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 16:22 A summary of the budget details announced by Minister Paschal Donohoe Housing A total of €1.83 billion has been allocated to housing in Budget 2018, with 3,800 new social houses to be built by local authorities and approved housing bodies. The Housing Assistance Payment Scheme will increase by €149m, enabling an additional […]

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No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author

No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author, as reported on today by  Sarah Bardon  The author of a Garda report into the reopening of six stations has said it was “obvious” Stepaside would be chosen, based on the criteria designed by the Government. Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll told the Oireachtas Committee on Justice he […]

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Garda breath test figures were ‘out of kilter’ by 6.4m

TD says either inept management or collusion to blame for tests problems, as reported by Conor Lally in today’s Irish Times Garda breath-testing figures were found to be “out of kilter” by 6.4 million at one point during the recent internal Garda review of data, the Oireachtas Committee on Justice has heard. Assistant Commissioner Michael […]

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Older people set for some budget gains

Partial restoration of bereavement grant and lower prescription charges expected as reported in todays (5th.October)  Irish Independent by Sarah Bardon, Martin Wall MARTIN WALL Older people are poised to benefit in Budget 2018 with a partial restoration of the bereavement grant and further reductions to prescription charges expected. Negotiations between Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe […]

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Now both income tax and USC to be cut in Budget deal

USC boost for workers Double Budget cut as levy comes down and tax band goes up A CUT to the much-hated USC and a tweaking of income tax bands will be included in next week’s Budget, the Irish Independent can reveal. As part of a compromise deal being hammered out between Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe […]

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State having ‘general whinge’ about Ian Bailey case

Ian Bailey should have lost all grounds of his appeal over the dismissal of his damages case over the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the State has argued. Martin Giblin SC, for Mr Bailey, said it was not clear if this was “a general whinge” by the […]

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High Court judge resigns unexpectedly after only two years

Margaret Heneghan’s early departure causes headache for busy court Senior judge Margaret Heneghan has resigned unexpectedly from the bench after only two years in the High Court. It is unusual for judges to step down before the mandatory retirement age of 70 which is when they receive their full pension. She is married to successful businessman Austin […]

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Senior Gardaí invited to discuss future of force with commissioners

300 senior officers expected at two-day Garda ‘think-tank’ More than 300 senior Gardaí from across the country are expected to attend a two-day Garda “think-tank” on Thursday and Friday which will examine the future of the Garda in light of recent controversies. The conference which is entitled “An invitation to a conversation” will discuss the […]

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AIB to pay no corporation tax for 20 years: CEO

This article first appeared in the Irish Examiner. AIB will not pay a cent in corporation tax for more than 20 years, despite making €814m profit in the first half of this year, writes Daniel McConnell. The situation was branded “an absolute disgrace” by Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin, who was questioning AIB bosses at the Oireachtas […]

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More to job creation than just tax breaks

Opinion from todays Irish Independent: THERE are few if any upsides to Brexit for Ireland. But one small potential silver lining to that dark cloud is that we could become an attractive location for high-calibre jobs leaving Britain and seeking another EU location. The IDA, which did very good work attracting inward investment in the […]

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€3.6m IT system faces six-year axe

A €3.6m IT system to help manage applications to the Insolvency Service of Ireland is expected to be scrapped just six years after it was introduced. A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General detailed how there were “significant functional gaps” in the system and was critical of the manner in which it was introduced. […]

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Informant pay up 33pc in five years

The amount of money being used to pay confidential informants has increased by 33pc in the last five years. Last year almost €700,000 was spent by the Secret Service, which is used to pay monetary expenses to Garda informants. The section is maintained by both the crime and security branch of the Garda and the […]

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Revealed: The truth behind Shane Ross Garda station stroke

Crime rates in Stepaside dropped “significantly” in the period leading up to a Cabinet decision to reopen the local Garda station, the Irish Independent can reveal. A review of 78 towns nationwide by Garda management singled out the station in Transport Minister Shane Ross’s constituency on the grounds of population growth. The controversial report, seen […]

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Can choirboy Leo mix it with the sopranos?

Article by: Miriam Lord in Irish Times 28th. September, this is the nonsense that goes on while “Rome” continues to burn!.  What debate goes into our Pension Restoration, – answer NONE! Benjamin Franklin or Roy Keane. Take your pick. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail, said one. Fail to prepare, prepare to […]

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No evidence for GRA claim, says Feehily

Consultants set to report there was ‘implicit expectation’ to increase breath-test figures by Conor Lally It is “unlikely” evidence will be discovered to prove a claim that senior gardaí forced officers to inflate breath-testing data, Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily has said. She added, however, that she believed the scenario could change if the Garda […]

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Acting Garda Commissioner says he has ‘no authority’ to release report into reopening of Stepaside Garda Station

Update: 2.15pm- The Acting Garda Commissioner faced two hours of questioning at an Oireachtas committee today as to why Stepaside, in the constituency of Minister for Transport Shane Ross, was the only closed garda station being reopened. Dónall Ó Cualáin told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that an interim garda report had recommended that six stations […]

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Galway-based detectives monitoring suspected terrorist cell

Don’t tell anyone, but this is a Secret!!! Galway Bay fm newsroom – Detectives in Galway are investigating a suspected terrorist group based in the west. It’s understood the Isil cell is run by two Chechen brothers, who have been living in Ireland for several years. According to today’s Irish Independent, gardaí have been monitoring […]

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Sparks fly between Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald

Article published by: Juno McEnroe Political Correspondent Poor old Mary Lou, not so good at taking the criticism, but good to lash it out. Tensions are rising between the Fine Gael-led Government and Sinn Féin after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald threw personal taunts at each other across the Dáil chamber. There were […]

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Laura’s Russian Lifeline – Supported by colleagues of Arthur O’Connor in An Garda Síochána and Abbeylara GAA

Garda Sergeant Arthur (Archie) O’Connor, 30350L, who is stationed at Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan is married to Laura. They have a 5 year old daughter, Freya Lily. They live in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Arthur is from Abbeylara, Co. Longford. Laura has been receiving treatment for some years now including chemotherapy for her illness, but her health […]

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Gardaí will escape cuts to pensions over industrial action

Gardaí will escape the sanction of having their pensions docked if they take part in industrial action. A new report has cast legal doubt over the key recommendation made in a major report published just weeks after Gardaí threatened an unprecedented strike last year. Former Labour Court chairman John Horgan said Gardaí should lose their […]

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Secret pre-Budget report shows extra taxes needed for rising public pay bill

There still spinning – Article by Cormac McQuinn and Kevin Doyle, from todays Irish Independent (27th. September) Extra taxes will need to be collected if the State is to cope with the spiralling public sector pay bill, according to a secret pre-Budget report. The new, independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) warns the sustainability of massive increases in […]

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Appointment of new Garda Commissioner may take six months

Sarah Bardon from Irish Times 26th. September 2017 The appointment of the next Garda Commissioner may take six months to complete, the Policing Authority has said. Former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan retired from the post earlier this month. The authority is responsible for finding Ms O’Sullivan’s replacement but has yet to advertise the position. A spokeswoman […]

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Gardaí should not have right to strike, says report

Garda associations should not have same status as unions, says Government study Fiach Kelly, Martin Wall, from Irish Times 26th. September 2017 Gardaí should not be allowed go on strike and new measures should be put in place to stop lower-level industrial action affecting its “essential services”, a Government-commissioned report has urged. It says Garda […]

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Ex-boss Fingleton ‘unavailable’ for latest INBS hearing

Let your fingers do the walking!!!!!  Seems unlikely we will ever hear oral evidence from this man!!!! Michael Fingleton, the long-serving boss of the now defunct Irish Nationwide Building Society, failed to appear at the latest hearing of a Central Bank inquiry set up to examine the actions of senior management prior to the organisation’s […]

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Two-tier pay at Cabinet table is here to stay

A TWO-TIER pay system for ministers at the Cabinet table is to remain in place for the lifetime of this Government. Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Chief Whip Joe McHugh will miss out on €16,000 a year after a decision not to risk putting a salary hike to a Dáil vote. It comes […]

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Tax pledges risk taking us back to the future

POLITICS is probably the toughest of all trades. And it is even trickier these days. Most Irish people feel the nation is over the recession hump. But, while they are still bruised from the shock of what happened in 2008, they are also looking for tangible evidence that they are doing better. No mystery about […]

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Varadkar hints at freezing property tax beyond 2019

PROPERTY tax rates could be frozen beyond 2019 because of the spiralling cost of homes, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated. The market value of every house in the country is due to be reviewed by November 2019, with the inevitable effect that homeowners would be hit with a significantly higher Local Property Tax (LPT). Yesterday […]

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Commission on the Future of Policing Garda College’s future at stake

The role, if any, the Garda College, Templemore, will play in Irish policing in future is under review by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, it has emerged. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin yesterday confirmed the college’s future formed part of the commission’s review process. […]

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Pay increase for Garda commissioner would cause ‘ripple effect’, warns Howlin

Proposals to increase the Garda commissioner’s salary to €300,000 will result in the judiciary and senior civil servants also demanding higher pay, the Government has been warned. The “ripple effect” would then continue across all grades, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said. He cautioned the Cabinet to rethink proposals to offer a salary higher than that […]

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Justice Minister warns Gardaí he wants ‘all the skeletons out of all the cupboards’

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan was speaking at a passing out ceremony in Templemore Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan warned that he wants to see “all the skeletons out of all of the cupboards” in terms of Garda scandals and controversies. His warning came as Acting Garda Commissioner Donal O’Cualain and Deputy Commissioner John Twomey confirmed that […]

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Don’t forget positives in gardaí

Letter from today’s – Letters to Editor 20th Sept 2017 – Irish Independent. I was at an incident in my sister’s house last weekend when she had to take the very drastic action and call the guards as her son has a drug habit. As a result of this he had become paranoid and aggressive […]

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Who is Donohoe’s warning directed at?

Editorial Comment from today’s (20th Sept. 2017) Irish Independent FINANCE Minister Paschal Donohoe is telling colleagues not to be talking up the Budget. Wise advice, given the resources available. But politics abhors a vacuum and ministers in this mixed bag Government will doubtless be jostling for position to claim credit for whatever scraps are being […]

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Varadkar fails to see merit in GRA claims

Long before taking over from Enda Kenny as leader of the country, Leo Varadkar effectively began the final move against then Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. In March 2014, Varadkar urged Callinan to withdraw his labelling of the actions of Garda whistleblowers as “disgusting”, saying they had acted in a “distinguished” manner. It put Callinan on […]

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USC cut central to FF-FG budget talk

Ibec backs Fine Gael in row with Fianna Fáil over ‘best use’ of budget resources Pat Leahy MARIE O’HALLORAN Fianna Fáil has said that plans for income tax reductions in Budget 2018, flagged earlier this week by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, should not go ahead and warned Fine Gael that it must stick by the confidence-and-supply […]

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GRA wants names of officers who briefed on breath tests

Members of the executive council of the body representing rank-and-file gardaí have demanded to be told the identity of the senior officers who briefed the association’s spokesman prior to last week’s “car crash” television interview about the breath test scandal. Gardaí reacted with shock and fury after Garda Representative Association (GRA) spokesman John O’Keeffe told […]

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Hero Garda is praised for rescue of woman from rapids

1A Garda has been hailed a hero after helping to prevent a late-night tragedy from taking place in the north-west. Garda Padraic Deery dived into the Garavogue river in Sligo after a woman was seen being swept a few hundred metres by fast tides. Gda Deery managed to reach the woman and with the assistance […]

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Knives already sharpened for O’Sullivan’s successor

Article written by GSRMA member Michael Carty (Roscommon Branch) WHEN Nóirín O’Sullivan announced her retirement as Garda commissioner after 36 years’ distinguished service to the citizens of this State, a cohort of politicians, commentators and self-styled experts on policing welcomed her departure proclaiming that all our policing problems are over. These are the same people […]

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Next Garda boss must be Irish

All this talk of an international head-hunt for a new Garda commissioner seems to equate it to getting Jack Charlton or Giovanni Trapattoni to manage a struggling Irish soccer team. The candidate would occupy a sensitive and key role in our State’s security apparatus, in a world where our interests might not coincide with those […]

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Enjoy Autumn Wonder in The Kingdom

15th – 18th October 2017 Final Week to Book! €350 per person sharing 3 Nights Killarney, Co Kerry, 4 star luxurious Lake Hotel.  Would you like to visit Killarney this Autumn, meet some new friends, explore the Ring of Kerry, and stay in a luxurious four star hotel, ideally situated right on the lakeshore of […]

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RTÉ seeks ‘disloyal’ anonymous tweeter

Amazing RTE it appears do not like Whistleblowers from within their OWN Fold.  No real revealations when you come to think about it. RTÉ has said it will “hold to account” the anonymous Twitter user who has been severely criticising the broadcaster’s culture and practices. The social-media account @rtesecretpro first appeared on Twitter on September […]

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Policing Authority concerned by delays with implementation of code of ethics

The crises around inflated breath tests, the wrongful conviction of motorists and financial governance at the Garda College in Templemore all stalked the last days of Nóirín O’Sullivan as Garda commissioner. There was a sense her approach towards them was led by damage limitation rather than admitting problems publicly at the earliest opportunity and then […]

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Varadkar calls for breath-test sanctions

Not enough gardaí have embraced need for change, says Taoiseach SARAH BARDON Political Reporter Any members of the Garda involved in inflating checks for drink-drivers, including senior officers, should face action, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday. The Taoiseach believed not enough members of the force accepted the Garda had to change. “I’m not satisfied there’s […]

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Public service workers vote for pay deal

Nurses, doctors, lower-paid civil servants and university teachers back new proposa Nurses, doctors, lower-paid civil servants and university teachers have backed the proposed new public service pay deal. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) voted in favour of the new deal by a margin of 75 per cent to 25 per cent. […]

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High salary won’t guarantee a good Garda commissioner

 Two (2) Letters of today (14th. September 2017) in Irish Independent  – the first from one of our own GSRMA Members, Tony Fagan, Wexford Branch GSRMA.  Well written and well presented Tony. Sure Mary Lou has all the answers – not too fond of answering the real questions put to her, or her party. I […]

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GRA to propose acceptance of Pay Deal

Separately on Thursday, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) representing rank-and-file Gardaí said it would urge its 10,400 members to accept the proposed new agreement in a forthcoming ballot. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, about 250,000 State employees will receive pay improvements of between 6.2 per cent and 7.4 per cent over three years. […]

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A report by the Policing Authority has strongly criticised the gardaí for failing to implement recommendations from the Garda Inspectorate to change policing in Ireland. The report found that most of the recommendations the gardaí said had been completed had in fact not been completed, and that out of the 50 the gardaí claimed had […]

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Garda union points finger of blame at management for breath test scandal

Rank-and-file gardai have blamed the scandal of 1.5 million bogus breath tests on the force’s management. In a hard-hitting response to the controversy, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) said no one can categorically say that the false numbers were only concocted by uniformed and low-ranking officers. The organisation said the demands for data on drink-driving […]

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TUI members reject new pay deal and back industrial action

The Teachers Union of Ireland has rejected the new public service pay agreement. It’s members voted tonight by a margin of 87% to 13% in a national ballot, with a turnout of 52% recorded. The Irish National Teachers Organisation have already rejected the deal, while the ASTI are set to vote in October. In a […]

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Senior politicians say commissioner knew what the job entailed

In her resignation ( should of course read retirement statement) statement, on Sunday, Nóirín O’Sullivan lamented that the job she was leaving had essentially become about “responding to an unending cycle of requests, questions, instructions and public hearings”. O’Sullivan listed some of the oversight bodies she had to engage with during her time as Garda […]

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Commission on Future of Policing asked to deliver interim report within months

The Government has asked the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland to fast-track its recommendations on Garda reform in response to the resignation of the Garda commissioner. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on the departure of Nóirín O’Sullivan. He will outline the process to find a replacement […]

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Just a sample of some of the Letters to Editor IT on RETIREMENT of Garda Commissioner

Garda Commissioner’s resignation Sir, – There is a detectable and understandable frustration in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s resignation statement, especially in her expression of not being able to carry out her core policing job due to the demands of the unending cycle of investigations and inquiries. Unfortunately, some of these “investigators” saw a populist godsend […]

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With sweeping change required, the next commissioner will be busy

Nóirín O’Sullivan has stepped down as Garda commissioner after 3½ years of incessant pressure. And now it really gets interesting. Who will replace her? Who would want the job? And can anyone reform the Garda in one commissionership? Indeed, can anyone reform the Garda full stop? When news broke that she was stepping down, there […]

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Politically toxic role pays less than senior jobs in other jurisdictions

Solution :  Larger Salary and person selected from outside the fold.  Magic.!!! An outsider might be best- placed to replace Nóirín O’Sullivan as Garda commissioner, Northern Ireland’s former police ombudsman has said. Baroness Nuala O’Loan, who was ombudsman from 1999-2007, said a candidate from outside the force would have a “better opportunity in doing the […]

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Overseas choice would raise State security dilemma

Opinion divided on whether Garda should retain security remit An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces as to whether, under such circumstances, responsibility for national security should remain with the police. There are divergent views between what might be described, broadly, as traditionalists and modernisers. The latter group argues that, irrespective of the nationality of […]

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Government had opened distance between itself and O’Sullivan

From todays Irish Times (12th. September 2017): During the summer a senior Government TD made an appearance on a national radio show in the midst of another week of controversy surrounding An Garda Síochána. Usually TDs or Senators are given some form of guidance from above on how to react when various topics are raised. […]

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Increasing salary suggests attempt to interest strong international candidates The Government believes the remuneration for the new Garda commissioner will need to be increased to about €300,000 to attract strong international candidates. Government sources say an increase from the current salary of €180,000 is on the table to attract external applicants, such as senior civil […]

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Teachers’ union recommends rejection of public pay deal

The union representing 18,000 secondary teachers is recommending members reject the new public service pay deal. Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (Asti) will be balloted on the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 in the coming weeks. Meeting on Saturday, the 180 members of the union’s executive council said one of the […]

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Dónall Ó Cualáin has become acting Garda Commissioner.

Dónall Ó Cualáin has become acting Garda Commissioner. From Carna, he speaks fluent Irish and has served as sergeant in the Aran Islands before rising through the ranks as inspector, superintendant and chief superintendent over the Galway division. He was central to a crackdown on drugs in Galway city. In July 2012 he was appointed […]

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Doherty praises ‘incredible role model’

In New Ross Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, who stepped down at midnight, was described as “an incredible role model for women in this country’’ by Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty at the weekend. “I have confidence in her and, not just because of her long sterling record of service to the country […]

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First woman in role wanted to raise moral

Nóirín O’Sullivan was the first woman in the history of the State to hold the post of Garda commissioner. She joined the force in 1981 and her work spanned both operational and administrative areas. Much of her early years involved undercover work investigating major drugs gangs. She was promoted to superintendent in 2000 and served […]

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Do you have any photographs of Garda Thomas Coyne

The Garda College Museum has been contacted by a lady seeking a class photograph of the class of November 1970. Her brother Thomas Coyne passed out with that class but left An Garda Síochána after a few years because of illness and unfortunately passed away in 1990 aged only 42. Thomas Nagle was from Ballinrobe […]

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CSO postpones publishing Garda crime data again

The publication of any new crime data for the Republic has been once again postponed because the Garda Síochána has now extended its review into homicide data. The Irish Times understands a long-awaited report detailing how some homicides were not recorded as killings at all and were left out of the crime data over several years […]

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Ex-garda takes action over refusal to allow him rejoin the force

Mark O’Neill claims his former colleagues bullied him and failed to investigate crimes A former garda who quit the force after only seven months of service has taken a legal action against the Garda Commissioner for refusing to allow him to rejoin it. Mark O’Neill claims in sworn documents opened in the High Court that his former […]

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The key findings in the two reports into the Garda breath test and penalty point controversies

Two reports have been compiled by Assistant Commissioner Michael ‘Sullivan into the garda breath test and penalty points controversies. We look at the main findings from each as the new information adds to the continued pressure on garda management. Almost 1.5 million bogus breath tests were recorded by Gardaí between June 7, 2009 and April […]

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Damning reports heap pressure on embattled force

A damning report on the recording of almost 1.5 million bogus breath tests has found the inflation of the data by Garda members “reflects poorly” on the professionalism of the force and is “damaging to public confidence”. Amid renewed calls from Opposition parties for the Garda Commissioner to go, the Government has insisted it still […]

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Irish income tax reflects global trend

The latest exchequer numbers don’t really change the dynamic as we head towards October’s budget. For some time now we’ve known that the carry-over effects of the previous budget combined with the new pay deal would severely limit the scope for tax cuts or spending hikes. The fact that the Government’s own projection for tax […]

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Budget 2018 could see top tax rate jump to 64%

Government proposal to taper the PAYE credit would create an effective marginal tax rate of 64.1 per cent on income of between €100,000 and €120,000, a UK independent research institute has warned. It is the first time that the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), an independent micro-economic research institute similar to Ireland’s ESRI, has made […]

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FF calls for details of plans for property tax

Many homes will see increase in liability because of rising property prices The Government’s approach to revising the property tax should be outlined by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in next month’s budget, Fianna Fáil has said. Michael McGrath, the party’s finance spokesman, has written to Mr Donohoe asking him to outline the Government’s proposals […]

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Budget likely to include extra housing finance

Minister hopeful of ‘scaling up’ plans for permanent accommodation The Government is promising a package of measures in the coming weeks as it seeks to intensify its efforts to deal with the housing crisis. However, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy would not be drawn yesterday on the elements of the package, saying that to do […]

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Garda ire at claim O’Sullivan faced issues in her team

  Senior Gardaí have privately hit out at claims by a member of the independent Policing Authority that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has faced “internal challenges” due to “difficulties with her own team”. The claims were made by former PSNI deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie, who called for Ms O’Sullivan to be given the time […]

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Gardaí and PSNI ‘will face huge challenges’

Vital cross-Border sharing of policing expertise is going to become extremely difficult post-Brexit, former police chief Judith Gillespie has warned. The former PSNI deputy chief constable, and member of Ireland’s Policing Authority, said Brexit would pose huge challenges. “I think Brexit is going to pose so many challenges for law enforcement – European Arrest Warrants, […]

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Pensioners to pay lower charge for care in shake-up of Fair Deal

  Pensioners will receive a hike in their disposable income of around €25 a week under changes to the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme being considered by the Government. The Irish Independent has learned a number of ministers are pressing for a reduction in the average nursing home cost for residents. At present, a resident contributes 80pc […]

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Patients face shortage of vital medicine under a hard Brexit, drug boss warns

A senior executive in the Irish arm of generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals has warned of medicine shortages in Ireland under a hard Brexit. Sandra Gannon, Teva Ireland general manager, warned post-Brexit risks included the potential for lengthy Border delays, significant customs costs and divergent regulatory stances leading to increased medicine costs and growing drug […]

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Revealed: How 120 State bodies could access your data on cards

  At least 120 individual State bodies can potentially get access to the information on the controversial Public Services Cards (PSCs), more than double the number indicated by Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty. Fifteen Government ministers, Revenue, Irish Water, and the HSE are among a string of bodies that can request permission to access the […]

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Data Protection Commissioner: Transparency needed over public services card

The Data Protection Commissioner has said the issue of transparency needs to be addressed as public debate continues over the controversial public services card. The Irish Independent revealed today that the card will now be needed for a growing number of benefits, including eligibility checks for new dental and optical benefits being brought on-stream this […]

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Garda was “lucky not to lose an arm”

A Garda was “lucky not to lose an arm” after helping to arrest two men suspected of hijacking a taxi in north Dublin, it has emerged. The officer suffered serious arm injuries after being struck by the vehicle during the arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The incident occurred in Mellowes Crescent, Finglas, […]

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Police collectibles swap meeting – IPA Garda College

Revised date for IPA badge show In 2016 the inaugural International Police Association (IPA) police collectibles swap meeting & display took place in the Garda College. Following this successful event, another show will take place on the 28th of September 2017 in the Recreation Hall, Garda College, Templemore from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Again […]

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FF wants reprimanded judges named

Opposition parties against anonymity for judiciary proposed in Judicial Council Bill The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. Fianna Fáil, Labour, Sinn Féin, People Before Profit, Social Democrats and the Green Party are united in their opposition to the provisions […]

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EU fraud watchdog may be quizzed on Templemore probe

  The European anti-fraud watchdog Olaf could be hauled before a European Parliament committee in relation to its probe of the suspected fraudulent use of EU funds provided to the Templemore Training College. The agency has declined to answer a number of questions posed by Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes in relation to Olaf’s investigation […]

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Prosecco Paschal” if forecasts prove correct, have a significant enough amount to play with in Budget

Extract from Irish Times Brexit will sour ‘jam tomorrow’ plans for tax cuts in coming budgets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe are going to present a three-year programme for public finances in the Budget. It will help businesses and the public plan, the Taoiseach said. Hard to argue with that – […]

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Department of Social Protection – public services card

Extracts from today’s Irish Times (23rd. August 2017) which illustrates the mess Social Protection have made of these particular scenarios, the only conclusion is that there are so many more out there who have fallen victim to this type of pen pushing regime. Woman in her 70s not paid pension after she refused to get […]

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The case for more Judges

The Oireachtas should heed the strictures of Mr Justice Richard Humphreys about the need for more judges to meet the ever-greater demands on the court system.Addressing the Parnell Summer School, the High Court judge pointed out that the State was “rock bottom” in Europe on the number of judges per head of population. He said […]

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Garda Overtime Bill

New figures show the Garda overtime bill rose by 57 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. The €60.58 million figure for the first six months of this year compares to €90 million for the whole of 2016, and is €19 million more than the €41.4 […]

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Minister for Finance meets German counterpart Schäuble for talks

No mention of any priority in relation to pension Restoration !! Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said capital expenditure – on housing, transport, education and health – is emerging as the clear focus of Budget 2018. After Berlin talks with his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, Mr Donohoe welcomed British proposals on post-Brexit customs arrangements […]

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Trevor Deely case is ‘one of the most baffling’ in my time with specialist Garda unit

Article by Alan Bailey, GSRMA Member Dublin North  from today’s Irish Independent (16th. August 2017) Trevor Deely case is ‘one of the most baffling’ in my time with specialist Garda unit In September 1998, I was appointed as national co-ordinator for Operation TRACE, a specialist Garda unit set up to investigate the disappearance of six […]

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Nóirín O’Sullivan fails to secure top Europol post

Garda Commissioner now likely to remain in current position until contract expires in 2021 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has informed the Government that she will not be standing aside to take up a major role with the European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol. The Irish Times understands Ms O’Sullivan was in the running for a senior position […]

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Time for pensioners to take to the streets

This is a letter from todays Irish Times (14th. August 2017) , while not a GSRMA member the sentiments expressed in it are. Sir, – So Siptu is accepting a new wage deal for public workers (Home News, August 10th). Hallelujah! But what about the pensions of the forgotten thousands of retired members? We have […]

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Public sector pay – Public sector pay

The decision by the members of the country’s biggest trade union, Siptu, to vote in favour of the proposed new public sector pay deal by a large majority will come as a huge relief to the Government. The result of the ballot on the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 means that the deal is now […]

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Anxious wait for budget wriggle room

Tax returns were strong in the month of June, easing fears of a shortfall for the year as a whole. However, the July figures were again a bit behind target, meaning receipts for the year so far are 0.8 per cent below expectations. This shortfall may well be wiped out by strong self-employed returns in […]

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Gardaí in Cork earn least overtime pay in country

Gardaí in Cork earn the least amount of overtime pay in the entire country. New figures published by An Garda Síochána show the three Garda divisions in Cork city and county spend proportionately the least of any of the 28 divisions in the country on overtime Cork West recorded the lowest overtime bill last year […]

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Justice department to consider need for law on perjury

The Department of Justice and Equality has undertaken to conduct an analysis of the need for a law on perjury, following receipt of a submission from the small and medium-sized business group, Isme. However, Isme’s chief executive, Neil McDonnell, said he was “disappointed” because the department did not appear inclined to support his call for […]

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Tax clampdown triggers decrease in fund-based property

The level of growth of Irish property in previously ultra-tax-efficient funds slowed down in the first quarter of this year, following a clampdown on the use of such vehicles to shield real-estate from the taxman, according to the Department of Finance. Irish fund structures had been widely used in recent years by overseas buyers of […]

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Government departments have spent just under €1.725 million on taxis, car and limousine hire in the past two years.

Figures released by each department show highest spending by the Department of Foreign Affairs because of international as well as national travel costs. It had bills totalling €848,910, almost half the total cost. Taxis and car hire cost the department €507,201 in 2016 and €341,709 so far this year on travel both in Ireland and […]

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Rural crime costs €2.4m a year, says O’Callaghan

Rural crime now costs €2.4 million a year, with farming victims each losing an average of €4,300, Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Jim O’Callaghan has claimed. He said a large number of farmers have had machinery and equipment stolen, with gangs “casing’’ rural communities and observing where it was stored before raiding the farm. “This […]

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Garda overtime doubles to €90m

Garda overtime has more than doubled in the past four years from €41.5 million in 2012 to €90.03 million last year, according to newly released figures, The number of overtime hours rose in line with the payments, from just over 1.29 million hours in 2012 up to 2.76 million additional hours in 2016. There was […]

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Government to increase State pension

The Government intends to increase the State pension in October and every year, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Speaking during a briefing to political reporters, Mr Varadkar said he could not “go into any specifics on the budget on tax, on pensions, on welfare, on spending because we just aren’t at that point yet”. “But […]

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State May face legal action over parole hearings

Inmates serving sentences of eight years or more are entitled to cases reviewed Officials in the Department of Justice are concerned that the State could be facing costly legal action from prisoners whose parole hearings have been delayed.Inmates serving sentences of eight years or more, including those serving life sentences, are entitled to have their […]

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Speed camera company was paid €1.2m per month

GoSafe was paid per hour, and not per detection Details of the fees paid by Gardaí to the private company which operates a system of mobile speed detection cameras have been made public for the first time. GoSafe, which operates 50 speed detection vehicles, was paid €1.2m per month to carry out speed checks under […]

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Enjoy Autumn Wonder in The Kingdom

Enjoy Autumn Wonder in The Kingdom  Sunday, 15th October – Wednesday, 18th October 2017 – €350 per person. NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT! Solo Friendly. 3 Nights Killarney, Co Kerry, 4 star luxurious Lake Hotel.  Would you like to visit Killarney this Autumn, meet some new friends, explore the Ring of Kerry, and stay in a luxurious […]

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GSRMA telephone Offers; Updated version

The GSRMA can save you and your family money.   Why not check-out Three Mobile Telephone Offer – for GSRMA and Gov. Staff Members.   The Central Committee of the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association  (GSRMA) are committed to enhancing the services it provides to its members. Special Offers  —— €16.61  (Sim Card Only) per month.  […]

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Data commissioner faces court defeat over student’s exam script

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is facing another possible defeat at Europe’s highest court in an eight-year legal marathon over an exam script.In a referral from the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg has been told by its advocate general that Ireland’s DPC was wrong to say an accountancy trainee had […]

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ASTI teachers receive salary increase

Thousands of secondary teachers who are members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) have today received salary increases. This follows the union’s vote to suspend its long-running campaign of industrial action last month. Most members have seen their annual salaries increase by between €1,796 and about €2,500. The union’s decision on June 10th […]

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Alcohol Bill’s slow progress criticised

The times they are achanging !!!!!!!!!  God be with the days of Good Friday being a closed day, and members going to extreme lengths to make a detection under the Liquor Licensing Laws. What a waste of time it was, but so many did not see it that way. Controversial legislation on the sale of […]

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Donohoe rules out extra money in budget for spending programmes

From Irish Times Friday 21st. July 2017: Ministers seeking extra money in the budget for spending programmes must find the cash themselves within their existing allocations, they have been told. Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe yesterday launched his department’s midyear expenditure report which acknowledged emerging spending pressures in the light of tight […]

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Brendan Howlin criticises ‘awkward’ legislation for removing Garda Commissioner

  Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has said that current legislation for removing the Garda Commissioner is “awkward and sometimes unworkable”. Nóirín O’Sullivan has been under pressure after a PAC report criticised her delay in telling the Comptroller and Auditor General about financial irregularities at Templemore. While not directly naming her, Brendan Howlin says our […]

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New Evidence needed before Dublin rape suspect could be re-arrested

DPP decided there is insufficient evidence to charge man over alleged attack A man looks out over the River Liffey from the adjacent boardwalk in Dublin. A victim of an alleged rape and a suspect met by chance on the boardwalk last Saturday afternoon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times  Gardaí investigating the alleged false […]

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Nóirín O’Sullivan to miss Policing Authority meeting

Watchdog’s head says it is ‘unfortunate’ the Garda Commissioner will not be at the event The head of the Policing Authority has said it is “unfortunate” that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the authority because she is taking extended summer holidays. “It is unfortunate that the commissioner is not available for our […]

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Water charge refunds will cost exchequer €178m

Unbelievable story, Government can fund these refunds because of massive under spending right across most Government departments.  FEMPI was recently renewed for yet another year because of the supposed financial difficulties still pertaining in this country! Pension Restoration in FULL would cost far less than this in the Public service, where’s the fairness in this!!!! […]

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A Stark and Damning verdict on the Garda

Editorial Comment from Irish Times 19th. July A stark and damning verdict on the Garda Public Accounts Committee report points to need for far-reaching reform Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan leaving the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons   Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email App The criticism of Garda management contained in the report […]

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Health insurers accused of forcing elderly to pay more

Health insurers have been accused by their regulator of deliberately targeting younger, healthier consumers and disadvantaging older members. Benefits on plans and the pricing for different products are being used to segment the market. This is where some of the most attractive plans are designed for, and marketed at, younger families who are less likely […]

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Irish economy faces threat of overheating, Paschal Donohoe says

Minister criticises left-wing politics and policies which could ‘break this country’ The Irish economy is still faced with the threat of overheating and it is critical that dangerous risks are avoided, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said. Speaking at the MacGill Summer School on Tuesday night, the Minister criticised left-wing politics and policies which he said […]

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Irish economy shrinks in the first three months of 2017

This will give Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe justification for keeping FEMPI in place.  The silly season has start in full swing. Oireachtas is gone on its summer holidays for 3 month. Propaganda about the value of pensions and can the country afford to continue to pay The “old age pension” kicked […]

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Alliance Website goes Live

Colleagues The Alliance of Retired Public Servants have launched their website and its now live. Follow the link below. Also follow in Alliance section of www.gardaretired.com www.arps.ie   Paschal Feeney General Secretary

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St. Paul’s Garda Credit Union – 2017 Summer Draw Results

Congratulations to all winners, but especially our retired members listed below.  3 x Ford Mondeo winners Dermot English, Sundrive Road Garda Station, Dublin 12 Eoin Mullins, Crookstown Garda Station, Co. Cork Feidhlim McKenna, NBCI, Harcourt Square 3 x Hyundai i40 winners Louise Jordan, Henry St. Garda Station, Limerick Retired member – Gerard Murray, Blackrock, Co. […]

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Public Sector pension Restoration latest PQ written reply from Minister Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Public Sector Pensions All Written Answers on 11 Jul 2017« Previous answerNext answer » Tommy Broughan (Dublin Bay North, Independent) Link to this: Individually | In context To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No.188 of 17 May 2017, the considerations being given to retired public sector […]

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Garda ‘at risk of retaliation’ for sparking probe

  A garda has told EU investigators that he personally viewed documents which point to suspected fraud and potential criminal misconduct involving bank accounts at Templemore College. The serving officer has claimed the files – which date back to 2010 – indicate that EU monies were “misdirected”. In correspondence seen by the Irish Independent, the […]

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Major shake-up in the way Chief Justice is selected

A major shake-up in how the country’s top judge is appointed has been approved by the Cabinet. In a significant break with the past, an advisory committee will be set up to invite and consider expressions of interest. The committee, made up of Attorney General Seamus Woulfe, Court of Appeal President Sean Ryan and the […]

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Budget 2018 will have just €300m for new Projects – but no mention of Pension restoration as yet!!!!!

Budget 2018 will have just €300m for new The scope for expenditure increases and tax cuts in the next budget will be just €300 million, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has indicated. While the official fiscal space for Budget 2018 is €1.2 billion, some €900 million has effectively been spent on the carryover effects of the previous […]

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Citizens’ Assembly votes to end mandatory retirement age.

There should be no mandatory retirement age and all workers should be made to join a pension scheme, the Citizens’ Assembly has recommended. On Sunday, the 99-person forum voted overwhelmingly in favour of abolishing the practice of employers setting an age at which workers must retire, with 86 per cent of members opposing such measures. […]

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Controversial pension top-up scheme plugged at Citizens’ Assembly

A CONTROVERSIAL Fair Deal type initiative pension top up scheme – to “claw back” up to €200-a-week from elderly property owners with assets of around €200,000 has been plugged at the Citizens’ Assembly. Dr Micheál Collins, assistant professor of social policy at UCD, told the Assembly – meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of […]

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Citizens Assembly hears call for cut in number of pension Schemes

Gathering told access to value of home may ease financial struggles for pensioners Freeing up equity from homes and redirecting State funds from private pension tax breaks to public pensions were among the issues discussed by the Citizens Assembly on Saturday. Speaking on the third day of submissions on the topic of Ireland’s ageing population UCD social […]

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Ireland had largest natural population rise in EU last year

Ireland had the highest birth rate in the EU last year Ireland had the largest natural rise in population in the European Union in 2016, according to Eurostat figures. The figures revealed that Ireland had the highest birth rate in the union in 2016 and the joint lowest death rate. There were 63,900 live births […]

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Rainy Day Fund to be raided!!!!

Varadkar seeks to spend part of €3bn ‘rainy day’ fund on infrastructure Money diverted as first of new policies in 10-year capital-investment programme The Government is to continue to set aside hundreds of millions of euro in a “rainy-day” fund even as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar diverts greater resources towards spending on infrastructural projects. Mr Varadkar and Minister […]

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Eilis Hession wins European Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care

Eilis Hession, Wife of Dun Laoghaire Branch Secretary, Eamon Hession and Manager of Services for Older People Lead, from Ireland, has been announced as the winner of the European Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care 2017. The Award recognises outstanding patient care by individuals currently engaged in the healthcare system. Eilis Hession has worked as […]

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Jobstown Circus

Below is just a sample of the media comments in the fallout as a result of the acquittal of the Jobstown lot. What is now certain as a result of this protracted trail the notoriety of the few has increased, the trail was used to enhance the political profile of many. The evidence of Gardaí […]

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Shortcomings of regulator in FitzPatrick trial ‘unacceptable’, says Fitzgerald

The shortcomings and investigative practices of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán Fitzpatrick are “completely unacceptable”, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said. In her first Dáil question time as Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Fitzgerald sharply criticised the ODCE. “They fell far […]

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Taoiseach wants better value for money for voted budget spending

Leo Varadkar said that Brexit is taking up an ‘enormous amount’ of Government time The Taoiseach has said that with unemployment close to 6%, Government labour policy will increasingly focus on increasing workforce participation. Leo Varadkar made his comments in an address to the National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle this morning. Mr Varadkar said […]

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Paschal Donohoe rejects claims economy is overheating

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has rejected European Commission concerns that Ireland’s economy is at risk of overheating, claiming the country will have more jobs than people available to work them next year. Speaking at the National Economic Dialogue conference in Dublin Castle as it emerged an unpublished European Commission report has warned the Government not […]

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GCBI.(Garda Competency Based Interviews)

Vincent O Brien, Letterkenny and John Mc Fadden, Ballyshannon set up a small business providing Interview coaching for new applicants for An Garda Siochana / appointments and promotions within An Garda Siochana. They have also provided Interview coaching for applicants in the public service, County Council, Military, Third level and the private sector. To date they […]

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Garda Commissioner to face questions over homicide figures

      The Garda Commissioner is set to face questions today over an internal review of homicide figures. At the last policing authority in April, the issue of homicides not being recorded properly was discussed. It emerged that some homicides had been classified as non-serious offences. The issue is set to be discussed when […]

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CSO suspends publication of crime data pending Garda review

The CSO expects to get updated data in the coming weeks The Central Statistics Office has suspended the publication of quarterly crime statistics because of concerns over the accuracy of homicide figures provided by An Garda Síochána. The crime figures were due to be published today, but have been postponed until the homicide figures can […]

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Judicial appointments Bill hits Oireachtas roadblock

As the “A” Team would say don’t you just love it when a plan does right !!!!! Shane Ross denies having ‘vendetta’ against judiciary Minister for Transport Shane Ross has rejected claims he had a “vendetta” against the judiciary or the legal profession in promoting controversial legislation to change the system of selecting judges. Legislation […]

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Key ASTI committee opposes public sector pay deal

A key leadership group of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland has voted to recommend rejection of the new public service pay agreement negotiated earlier this month. The decision was made at a meeting of the 23-strong Standing Committee of the union today. The Standing Committee vote, which was not unanimous, is viewed as […]

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Interview Preparation: ConwayCareConsultancy

3C Services. 42 Newcourt Road. Bray. Co. Wicklow.   Mobile: 086.4640085 E-Mail: tconway3c@gmail.com ×         Interview Preparation ×         Witness Preparation ×         Mediation & Conflict Resolution ×         Training and Inquiry Needs   @ConwayCareConsultancy   24th June 2017. To: Friends/Former Colleagues. Following a career spanning over forty years in An Garda Síochána, including positions in senior management, I […]

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Criticism of Government by Mr Justice Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly has never been shy about making his views know, even if those views tend to put noses out of joint in Leinster House. At a time when there has been a general decline in respect for judges among politicians and the public, the High Court judge remains highly regarded by most observers. His […]

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Quoting from Conroy Commission and its findings – pity they don’t concentrate on its entirety and implement in full !!!!!!

Diarmaid Ferriter: Wanted – independent civilian Garda chief Irish policing is firmly wedded to politics but it has not been a successful marriage Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. “Interrogating the commissioner before the Public Accounts Committee has become a political blood sport.” Photograph: Eric Luke If all goes to plan, 2018 will witness the report of […]

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Three Gardaí asked to clarify evidence before Oireachtas committee

Garda Commissioner’s testimony is contradicted by two senior civilians in the force The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee is to write to three senior Gardaí to request clarifications on evidence given before the committee. Members agreed to write to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, head of human resources John Barrett, and head of legal affairs Ken Ruane as their testimony was contradicted by […]

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Siptu urges members to back new public sector pay deal

The countrys largest trade union,Siptu, has urged its members who work for the State to accept the proposed new public service agreement. The union said its national executive had decided to recommend acceptance of the proposals as, on balance, the benefits in the accord such as the protections against outsourcing outweighed the potential for what […]

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St. Paul’s Garda Credit Union – June 2017 Draw winners

All at GSRMA House congratulate the latest winners in St. Paul’s Garda Credit Union Draw for June 2017, especially our retired colleagues in the list below. Ford Mondeo Retired member John Commons, Claremorris, Co. Mayo  5 x €1,000 winners Retired member Edward Kelly, Cavan, Co. Cavan Retired member Patrick Malone, Templeogue, Dublin 6W David Brandley, […]

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Update: Garda Benevolent Trust Fund – Annual General Meeting

This Special Motion was overwhelmingly passed at the adjourned AGM of the Garda Benevolent trust Fund Meeting at Westmanstown on Thursday 22nd. June 2017. Many thanks to all who supported our call and who submitted proxy Votes for the AGM. Notice to GSRMA members who intend to vote at the adjourned AGM of Garda Benevolent Trust […]

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Latest rethoric from Minister for Finance & Public Sector Reform

Public sector pay deal offers ‘fair’ wage growth, Donohoe says Increased spending on infrastructure a top priority, says Minister for Finance Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: pay rise of 6-7 per cent between 2018 and 2020 “offers the best way of being fair to our public servants”.The new Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and […]

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Dedicated local governance group for older people’ -Citizens Assembly told

A dedicated local governance group is the best way to improve the care of our elderly population, the Citizen’s Assembly has been told. Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, consultant physician in geriatric medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and National Clinical lead for the Older Person’s programme said this would ensure “the right things would happen more quickly”. […]

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Editorial Comment – Summer issue of Siochain 2017

For many of us, as parents or Grandparents we are all too familiar with that long road trip, where your passengers of a certain age, are continuously asking “are we there yet”. Our road trip as retired members of An Garda Siochana and retired Public Servants, has now been on-going for almost a decade, and […]

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Statement of GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis on Proposed new pay Deal

Statement by General Secretary on proposed Public Sector Stability Agreement GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis said, “The Garda Representative Association is deeply disappointed that so-called ‘fast accrual’ pensions were identified to retain pay deductions – as they are paid to compensate workers who face particular dangers in their daily work. “People who risk their lives […]

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Update 10pm Thursday 8th. June: TUI recommends rejection of proposed pay agreement

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland executive committee has voted unanimously to recommend rejection of the proposed public service pay agreement because it fails to tackle pay inequality for newer recruits. The TUI represents around 15,000 second and third level teachers and lecturers. “An unwinding of the unacceptable, unfair and inequitable two-tier pay system was the key […]

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Rank-and-file Gardaí warn they could reject new public pay deal

GRA says requirement for Gardaí to pay more for pensions ‘deeply disappointing’ Rank-and-file Gardaí have warned they could reject the draft new public service accord agreed on Thursday morning between the Government and trade union leaders. The Garda Representative Association (GRA) said it was “deeply disappointed” that under the deal public service staff with fast-accruing pensions – […]

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Draft agreement on public sector pay reached

Draft agreement on public sector pay reached The Government and public service unions have reached agreement on a draft pay agreement which will cost €880 million over the next three years or €1.1 billion over four years. The cost in 2018 will be €180 million. By the end of the agreement, 90% of public servants […]

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Pay talks Update 7.30pm Wednesday night 7th. June : Government pay and pension proposals not yet tabled at talks

Government pay and pension proposals not yet tabled at talks Measures on increasing the level of Saturday working have been diluted Talks on a new public service agreement are still underway between the Government and representatives of its 300,000 employees. It is understood the Government has still not formally tabled its proposals on pay and […]

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Pay talks divided over pension demands

Government insisting on greater pension contributions from public service workers Martin Wall Talks adjourned late last night as significant divisions remained between the Government and staff representatives on a new public-service agreement. While no proposals on pay improvements had been formally tabled, it is understood the Government was insisting on greater pension contributions from most […]

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Public Sector pay talks Update 1pm: Tuesday 6th. June 2017

INMO calls for additional funds as public service pay talks resume Union negotiators have indicated that they expect the talks to conclude by tomorrow Additional exchequer funding will have to be found to address the recruitment and retention difficulties in the public service, according to the Irish Nurses and midwives Organisation. Speaking as he arrived for […]

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Unions believe talks on public pay deal will end on Wednesday

Major disagreements have arisen on outsourcing and Saturday working   Unions believe that talks on a new public service pay agreement will probably end next Wednesday. However there is still considerable disagreement between the Government and trade unions on key non-pay issues such as outsourcing and Saturday working . Government and union negotiators are expected […]

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Update 2pm Wednesday 31st. May: Negotiations on an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement expected to run into next week

Government  to put forward non-pay related proposals at public service talks The Government is expected to table concrete proposals at the public service pay talks though it is understood they will involve non-pay issues, rather than the key areas of pay and pensions, as the talks enter an eighth day. A number of unions have voiced […]

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Garda HR chief ‘appalled’ at Commissioner’s refusal to release letter

Heated exchanges at committee on Garda’s handling of financial irregularities at Templemore The civilian head of human resources at An Garda Síochána has described as “extraordinary” a claim that he may have been guilty of a crime for raising concerns about financial irregularities at the Garda training college in Templemore. Testifying at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (Pac), John Barrett delivered a […]

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Letter to Editor – Irish Times Wednesday 31st. May Heritage Bill is bad news for environment

From todays Irish Times (Wednesday 31st. May 2017), letters to the Editor.  GERRY RYAN, President, Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations is a GSRMA member and member of Thurles Branch. There are many GSRMA members who are members of Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations. Sir, – In the last two months thousands of hectares of our […]

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Civilian members of An Garda Síochána give evidence to PAC

Committee hearing evidence on handling of financial irregularities at Templemore The Public Accounts Committee is hearing evidence on Wednesday from six civilian members of An Garda Síochána in relation to the handling of financial irregularities at the Garda training college at Templemore. The witnesses are: John Barrett is the head of human resources within An Garda Síochána since September 2014. Mr […]

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Public Sector Pay Talks update 10pm: Disappointment Expressed at latest developments in Pay Talks

Government expected to table new public sector pay proposals Some unions unhappy at failure of public service managers to get down to specifics Substantive Government proposals for a new public service pay agreement are expected to be tabled to trade unions and staff associations on Wednesday. Talks on a new accord have been underway since […]

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REPORT ON SECTION 117 OF THE SUCCESSION ACT 1965

REPORT ON SECTION 117 OF THE SUCCESSION ACT 1965   The Report will be formally launched by The Hon. Ms. Justice Marie Baker, Judge of the High Court The Report will be available on www.lawreform.ie from 30th May 2017 My thanks to PatJoe McCarthy for sharing this with me. Some of you may find this of interest.

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Pay talks daily update Monday 29th May 2017

Don’t put your shirt on it Fair play to Arsenal for a well-deserved FA cup final win against the favourites Chelsea. Thankfully the bookies don’t always get it right. On that note, we reckon the odds in favour of a pay deal being concluded and put to ballot have lengthened as we head into the […]

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Pay talks adjourned after row over PNA attendance

A row has broken out at the public service pay talks after some unions belonging to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions refused to attend a meeting if the Psychiatric Nurses Association delegation was present. The PNA, which represents 6000 nurses, has chosen not to affiliate to Congress. Sources said the usual practice was that non-Congress […]

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Outsourcing could become a stumbling block in public sector pay talks

Outsourcing could become a stumbling block in public sector pay talks The union representing low-paid civil servants has rejected the Government’s efficiencies “wish list” outlined in the ongoing pay talks and warns there can be no further productivity deals. And one of the items on that wish list — outsourcing — could become a significant […]

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Co-Incidence latest ISME report just released -Weekly public-private sector pay difference widens to €247- Don’t think so.

Weekly public-private sector pay difference widens to €247 Widening pay gap prompts warning about public sector talks from business lobby group The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) has warned against “unjustifiable” public-sector pay increases following the release of figures that show a widening of the pay gap between the public and private sectors. […]

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IPA Online Safety guide

Please see attached “Online Safety Guide” prepared by IPA Ireland’s Information Technology Consultant, Mr. Matt Makowski.   Keeping in mind the more recent and ongoing worldwide malware attacks this guide contains some very useful information and can also be used for reference.   Matt has asked that all IPA members be made aware of the […]

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Letter to Commissioner urged her to investigate head of human resources

Garda finance director claimed whistle-blower had committed crime   The Garda’s executive director of finance wrote to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan claiming the whistle-blower who flagged grave concerns about the Templemore ‘slush fund’ could be guilty of a criminal offence. In an extraordinary letter to Ms O’Sullivan, Michael Culhane urged that she launch an investigation […]

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Alliance of Retired Public Servants enter Pension Restoration talks with Pubic Expenditure & Reform

Today, Thursday 25th. May 2017, the Alliance of Retired Public Servants, to which Garda Siochana Retired Members’ Association are affiliated, entered talks with Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, on the vexed question of the restoration of our Pensions. While early indications are that the talks have an air of optimism, and anticipation, there appears […]

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Security agencies meet to discuss terror threat in Ireland

Government and security agencies assess State’s preparedness in event of terror attack Government departments and security agencies are meeting this morning to discuss possible terror threats to the State. The meeting which was announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil yesterday began in Government Buildings at 7.30am and officials from across the defence, justice, […]

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Anglo Irish Boss Fitzpatrick his trial collapses & ODCE are in the Spotlight

Former head of ODCE declines to comment on FitzPatrick case ODCE says it has undergone ‘significant change’ since Paul Appleby’s time in charge Former director of corporate enforcement Paul Appleby has declined to comment on whether he will co-operate with a report ordered into the agency’s role in relation to the trial of Seán FitzPatrick. The Minister […]

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Some of the latest from Public Service pay talks

Abolishing extra public service hours ‘would cost €621m per year’ Government defends additional hours requirement on third day of pay talks The Government has said it would cost about €621 million per year to fully abolish the current requirement for staff in the public service to work additional hours without extra pay. The Government made […]

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Commission on the Future of Policing begins

‘This is YOUR police service’: Public asked for their input in garda review “I ask for your thoughts, your frustrations, your experiences, and your ideas,” chair Kathleen O’Toole said. THE CHAIR OF an expert group tasked with defining the development and future of the Gardaí has invited the public to share their ideas. Chairperson Kathleen […]

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Garda Memorial Day 2017

The Garda Memorial Day is of significant importance to the families of those 88 members who are remembered in a special way on a day dedicated to their memory. It is also of great importance to all Gardaí, serving and retired. The fine words of Archdeacon David Pierpoint, in his address to those gathered together […]

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Public Service Pay talks

Public service unions divided ahead of crucial pay talks Concerns that process – due to start today – could be delayed by FG leadership situation   So it begins.  The crucial Pay negotiations for all Public Service employees begins today, or will it.  Government or at least Fine Gael are focussed on the election of […]

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Press Release GSRMA Root & Branch Review of An Garda Siochana

Garda review to be most ambitious since founding of State Representative groups question why no former Gardaí are on review commission Garda Siochana Retired Members Association (GSRMA) add their voice to concerns as to why no serving or retired member of An Garda Siochana has been included in the panel of participants to conduct the […]

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Press Release by Alliance of Retired Public Servants

For release: Wednesday, 17 May 201 RETIRED PUBLIC SERVANTS WELCOME GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO ENGAGE IN TALKS PROCESS OVER PENSION RESTORATION The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) has today welcomed the intention signalled by Government to engage in a talk’s process over pension restoration for the country’s 140,000 retired public servants. Alliance Chairperson, Brian Burke, […]

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Public Service Pay talks likely to Start Next Week

Almost on a daily basis we read of some Government leaked memo as to likely further cuts in Public Service pensions. The usual rhetoric in relation to Rolls Royce pensions for the select retired Public Service is repeated, without reference to the facts that the average Public Service pensions stands on an average of €22,500 […]

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Garda Memorial Day – Sat 20th May 2017

The annual Garda Memorial Day Ceremony in Dubhlinn Gardens, Dublin Castle, takes place on Saturday the 20th May 2017 at 12 Noon. This Memorial Service is to remember and pay tribute to the 88 members of An Garda Síochána who were killed in the line of duty in the service of the State. The Garda […]

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Easter time – Remembering our patriots

As Easter comes, we will always remember our patriots of the Easter Rising in 1916 who fought bravely for our future as an independent country. http://www.theirishstory.com/2011/04/22/the-easter-rising-%E2%80%93-a-brief-overview/#.WO9YxE2GP3g Wishing you all a Happy Easter Holiday. GSRMA House    

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Clarification on Issue of Forms P.60

Email below as received from PSSC helpdesk for information of all GSRMA members, who have been trying to second guess the situation as it now pertains. Paschal Feeney General Secretary quote  Hello Paschal,  Apologies for the delay in replying to your query.  We currently have a backlog due to a high volume of emails.  Garda […]

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Dealing with Bereavement – McCrea Funeral Home

Having to deal with the passing away of a loved one can be the most stressful and emotional time in a person’s life.   Having been a member of An Garda Síochána and a member of the Garda Retired Association and working in the family business all my life ,I have the experience of dealing […]

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Leaked memo from Government on Public Sector Pay/Pensions increases and its consequences for Public Services

Carefully leaked memo from Government late yesterday afternoon, in time for today’s Press. Ministers told spending plans will have to be funded by diverting money Donohoe warns Cabinet new pay deal and housing plan will eat into available funding Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe says that Ministers should set out their highest priority policy […]

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Non Issue of Garda Pension Slips January 2017

As all are now aware no pension slips have issued for January. I have raised this totally unacceptable situation with Garda Commissioner.  here is the latest update, as issued from Pension Payments Section, Killarney. Paschal, I have been told that there are approx. 8000 payslips now printed and these will be put in the post […]

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End to Pension increases – Retired Pub. Sector.

The Irish Independent, 27th December, 2016 reports:  “An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job. […]

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Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands

Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands   Pension values will be firmly on the negotiating table after it was revealed a garda’s retirement pot is worth from €30,000 to €40,000 a year. Unions are also demanding that their members’ job security not be used “against them” in a comparison with private sector […]

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‘To attract top talent, increase pay for high ranking public staff ’

Garda pension again comes in for comment. Open season on Garda pensions……….. Commission hears remuneration for most State employees remains very attractive The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said there was “no problem” in recruiting new entrants to the public service in general on existing terms. File photograph: Getty Images   The Government […]

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Talks on Garda pay ‘anomalies’

Talks on Garda pay ‘anomalies’ The timing of the negotiations is also a significant win for IMPACT and other unions, who argued that the talks should be brought forward to the first half of next year, rather than taking place at an unspecified time in 2018. The significance of the revised timetable is that new provision […]

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Did you Retire in 2012

GSRMA Members Tax Relief on Additional contributions to Spouses and Children Pension Deductions from Retirement Gratuity Members who had reductions from their lump sum payment in respect of additional contributions to the Spouses and Children Pension are entitled to tax relief on this. There is a general four year time limit on claiming reliefs. I […]

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Update on Recent happenings within Alliance of Retired Public Servants.

Noel O’Sullivan, Vice Chairman of Alliance of Retired Public Servants, and GSRMA Central Committee member reports from the the most recent Alliance meeting. Hereunder are the main points discussed: Urgent meeting with Minister Pascal Donohue re. Industrial Relations has been requested and reply from the Minister is on the way to Alliance. Alliance had meeting […]

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Public Pay Commission

Many of you are asking what is the position with the new Public Pay Commission and how will it fit with us as Garda pensioners. I recently wrote to An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, requesting the allocation of a slot on the new Commission for Garda Siochana Retired Members Association. An Taoiseach passed my […]

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GSRMA Strategic Plan 2016-2021

The Strategic Plan, for the period 2016 to 2021 has been approved by the Central Committee of Garda Síochaná Retired members Association. Please find attached GSRMA Strategic Plan 2016-2021 ( PDF Version) gsrma-strategic-plan-2016-2021 Mathias Cosgrave President

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Fairness and Equity letter from GSRMA Member

We would like to share a letter received from one of our members. Dear Sir, Firstly let me declare my interest in, and support for AGSI and GRA in their on-going attempts to seek a justified (partial) restoration of sacrificed pay. I believe Trade Unions and Staff Associations, the Public Services Committee of ICTU and the […]

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Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members

MEDIA STATEMENT  Garda Síochána Retired Members Association   28 October 2016  “The plight of Gardaí over four decades must finally be acknowledged”  Garda Síochána Retired Members Association support GRA and AGSI members  The Association representing retired members of An Garda Siochána have thrown their weight behind the current industrial action being undertaken by the AGSI and […]

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Budget 2017 – Quick Review

11/10/16 Budget Summary USC ratesfor lower to middle income earners to be reduced by 0.5% Help to BuyScheme announced for first-time, newly-built home buyers Welfare paymentsto increase by €5 per week Increase in thresholds for Capital Acquisitions Tax (Gifts/Inheritance) Increase in Disposable Income per annum (Household Examples)  Two Married Public Sector employees with 2 Children  Note: […]

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BUDGET 2017 – Taxation Measures

No great surprises as so much of this was leaked in the run into Budget day. In terms of impact the change most likely to benefit members is the USC change. There are other items of interest also. USC   2016   2015 €0-12012 1% 0.50% €12012.01-18668 3% 2.50% €70,044.00 5.50% 5% Balance 8% 7.50% […]

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Retired Public Service – Increase Pensions ?

Public Service Pensions are in line for a triple boost in next year — writes Charlie Weston, Irish Independent, Monday, 10th October.  “The increases will see some retired Public Service workers getting an annual increase of €1,000.  The big gains for retired nurses, civil servants and teachers will come from a further unwinding of cuts to […]

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