Gardai say they'll break strike if victims are in danger

A contingency plan will be put into place

Gardaí say they'll break their strike if victims are in danger.

The Irish Independent claims that officers will only come out if there is an immediate threat to someone's life.

Thousands of members of the force are refusing to work on Friday as part of their pay row.

However less serious crimes like theft or traffic incidents may not be dealt with on the day.

The groups representing rank and file Gardai, as well as Sergeants and Inspectors, are meeting with the Department of Justice this weekend in a last minute effort to avert the strike.

Hopes of a resolution were raised last night after talks between the Garda Representative Association and the Department of Justice were referred to the State's chief meditation body. 

In a statement, the Department of Justice said it had agreed, along with the GRA to use the services of the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court "on an ad-hoc basis".

Recent discussions have focused on draft proposals rejected last month by rank-and-file gardai with a view to finding a compromise by "tweaking" some of its terms.

Meanwhile, over £100,000 worth of sterling has been seized in a money laundering crack-down.

The organised crime squad in Dublin found the stash during a search in Clondalkin yesterday.

Four people were arrested as part of the raid.

The two men and two women are being questioned today at separate Garda stations around the city.

The raids were conducted as part of ongoing investigations targeting serious criminal activity in the Dublin Region conducted by the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and Serious Crime Task Force.