GRA criticises overtime cuts by Garda Commissioners

Date Published : September 22nd, 2018    Published By : admin

The Garda Representative Association has criticised a decision by the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, to cut discretionary overtime in An Garda Síochána.

The cuts will affect discretionary and administrative overtime but will not affect specific policing and security operations.

The garda overtime budget of €91m is €20m overspent so far this year and is likely to reach up to €30m by the end of the year.

The Garda Commissioner said it was not a sustainable position to maintain.

It is expected certain court proceedings and escorts and deportation orders will be part of the cuts.

Gardaí have been told that no more discretionary overtime will be approved, only in exceptional circumstances.

The GRA has criticised the overtime cuts which they said will impact on the ability of frontline gardaí to investigate the activities of crime gangs. The GRA also said overtime is essential for gardaí to provide an effective policing service and has called on Commissioner Drew Harris to reinstate the overtime.

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