Garda strike averted following talks at Labour Court

Both the GRA and AGSI will ballot members on recommendations

Friday's Garda strike has been called off after eleventh hour talks at the Labour Court. 

The GRA and the AGSI have both called off their threatened industrial action. 

They will now ballot their members on the recommendations, which are believed to include the introduction of parade duty payments, clarifications over annual leave - and a recommendation that the rent allowance removed from new entrants be restored, increased, and integrated into pay scales for all Gardaí.

After last minute talks at the Labour Court, the AGSI said it has "gained an uplift in the income of all our members", and the details will be balloted on.

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said: "A fundamental and historic wrong has been put right tonight as a direct result of the sustained four-year AGSI campaign to gain access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. 

"This has always been a key part of our commitment to members and that commitment intensified in recent weeks."

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the AGSI's decision.

In a statement, Minister Fitzgerald said: “This has been an intensive period of negotiation with AGSI and I would like to commend all who have been involved in these complex discussions for engaging in this process in good faith and for their commitment to finding a resolution.

"The part played by the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court in seeking to resolve this dispute has been invaluable and I want to express my thanks to them," she added.

Additional reporting by Aisling O' Rourke