GRA refuses to say whether it has confidence in the head of the Public Sector Pay Commission

Kevin Duffy retracted comments he made yesterday suggesting a proposed Garda strike would be akin to mutiny.

GRA refuses to say whether it has confidence in the head of the Public Sector Pay Commission

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The Garda Representative Association (GRA) is refusing to say whether it has confidence in the head of the Public Sector Pay Commission.

Kevin Duffy retracted comments he made yesterday suggesting a proposed Garda strike would be akin to mutiny.

In a statement this evening, the GRA acknowledged his retraction but reserved its position on whether it believes Mr. Duffy is able to carry out his role in an objective and impartial manner.

The President of the GRA, Ciaran O'Neill, had previously said that Mr. Duffy would have to consider his position in light of his remarks.

The situation will be discussed at the next meeting of the GRA's Central Executive Committee in December.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny defended Mr Duffy earlier today, calling him "an outstanding person".

“Given his understanding of a working class background, I think he will do an outstanding job as the chairman of the public pay commission," Mr Kenny said.

Speaking on behalf of the public service committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Bernard Harbour of the Impact trade union said Mr Duffy was a man of great knowledge and integrity.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has also said he has full confidence in Mr Duffy.