No contact from Garda HQ since strike announcement - AGSI

Gardaí are planning to withdraw their labour on four days in November

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has had no contact from Garda HQ since its industrial action was announced, according to its president.

Antoinette Cunningham claims that senior management in the force have yet to discuss contingency plans with frontline staff for strike days next month.

Gardaí are planning to withdraw their labour on four days in November, but the Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan is away in San Diego at the moment at a meeting of police chiefs.

Ms Cunningham says the AGSI remains in the dark over plans.

"We've had absolutely no contact from anyone in senior Garda management," she said on Newstalk Breakfast this morning. "We're heading down to meet officials from the Department of Justice today. Whether that will involve conversations around contingency planning or not, I don't know."

"We're going in with a completely open mind, knowing that the department is aware of our position and that they are well aware of the escalation in relation to industrial action," she said when asked about the possibility of a compromise between the two groups.

Ms Cunnningham's remarks come as Ms O'Sullivan comes under increased pressure following her trip to the United States for a conference. 

She is currently in San Diego for the International Chiefs of Police meeting.

Frontline Gardaí say they feel forced into walking off the job due to a long running lack of resources and low pay. 

In the Dáil yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny appealed for the situation to be resolved.

"Nobody wants to see a situation where our gardaí are not on the streets doing the public duty that they've always done.

"And I would urge them to accept the invitation from the Minister for Justice, taking into account the decision of Cabinet this morning in respect of a public pay commission."