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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18th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraising Event, for Our Ladys Hospice & Care Services, Harolds Cross & Blackrock

On the 22nd June 2017, the 18th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraising Event, for Our Ladys Hospice & Care Services, Harolds Cross & Blackrock, will take place at the Garda Boat Club @ 8pm. This Garda Committee and Friends was set up by the late Garda Commissioner – Paddy McLoughlin in 2000 and we are […]

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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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Job Notice- Chauffeur Drivers with full clean driving license and PSV license

JOB POSITION – Chauffeur Devine’s Chauffeur Company require proactive and discreet individuals who can provide excellent customer service. As an employee of the company, you will be expected to live their company values and these will be covered in detail at induction. COMPANY VALUES: Customer Comes First Safety Discretion Flexible Respect Main Duties and Responsibilities: The […]

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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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GSRMA Dublin North Certificates of Appreciation Presentation

GSRMA Dublin North Branch Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation at Skylon Hotel on Tuesday 28 March 2017 Back Row L to R John Beirne, William Kelly, Jim Walsh, Martin O’Hora, Liam Nolan  Front Row L to R Noel Vizzard, Greta Mulroy, Matt Cosgrave( GSRMA President ), Frank Gilton, Michael Rooney   (photo courtesy John Hartigan) […]

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GSRMA Donegal North AGM

On   13th of March 2017  GSRMA Donegal North branch held their AGM at Arena 7, Letterkenny. Here some photos of the day. GSRMA Donegal Branch Members                Joe Lynch(CC member)& Paschal Feeney    Michael Kearns(Chairman) & (General Secretary)                                          Matt Cosgrave (GSRMA President)

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AGM Thurles Branch

Thurles Branch AGM, held in Anner Hotel, Thurles on Monday 20th. March 2017. Receiving his Certificate of Appreciation, Tim Kerrigan, Maureen Kerrigan (wife) & General Secretary Paschal Feeney, also a member of Thurles Branch. Thurles Branch AGM at Anner Hotel Thurles on Monday 20th. March 2017. L to R. General Secretary Paschal Feeney; Sean Moore; […]

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Go For Life National Games event 10th June 2017

Go For Life is an Age & Opportunity porgramme funded by Sport Ireland. The overall aim of Go for Life is to get older people more active, more often. The aim of the Go for Life Games is to involve older people in recreational sport. The Games involve three sports: Lobbers, Flisk & Scidils. These […]

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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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Additional Vacancies at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia)

For your information, two additional positions at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) are now being advertised as secondment opportunities.   In addition to the three positions initially advertised, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is also seeking civilian experts to fill the following roles: SOM-054/SOM-060 Coast Guard Adviser SOM-067/SOM-071 […]

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Vacancies at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently seeking civilian experts to fill the following roles only at the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia): SOM-063 Political Adviser SOM-086 Strategic Maritime Adviser SOM-094 Head of Field Office Somaliland / Senior Maritime Adviser Should you wish to apply for one of these […]

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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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Carlow Branch GSRMA Certificate of Appreciation Presentation

GSRMA Carlow Branch member Patrick Doorey ,retired on the 15th August 1996 as Sergeant after 37 years service in An Garda Siochana. He currently resides at Baltinglass Hospital, Co. Wicklow. On a recent visit to Baltinglass from two of his former colleagues, retired members, Tom Egan ( Branch Sec) and John Kelly, Carlow Branch, presented him with a […]

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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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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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Class of January 1967 Reunion

On the outing to Westport we were delighted to have a group of the January class of 1967 join us to celebrate their golden jubilee. George Daly was the person who managed to get the group together as it was a great opportunity to have their reunion and spend a few days together. On the […]

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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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Delay in Issue of pension Slips

I have just been informed by Garda pension Payments Section that there is a delay in the production of Pension slips this month.  See copy notification below. Mr. Feeney Please note that due to a technical issue with the printing equipment there will be a delay of at least one day with the receipt of […]

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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 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 Patrick Daly ( Cork City Branch), Brian Kealy ( Limerick City Branch) , Bill Kelly ( Dublin North Branch) & Hillary Murphy ( Naas […]

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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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GSRMA Members Winners of Garda Post Competition

Congratulations to our 3 members winners of Garda Post competition. And the winners of the Garda Post Competition are …. !! 1st: Noel Mc Mahon (20862M – Clare Branch) Congratulations Noel you have won two nights bed and breakfast at Mount Juliet with one round of Golf plus dinner in the Lady Helen restaurant on […]

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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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