Justice minister pulls out of GRA conference over content of O’Boyce speech

The Justice Minister says he's "extremely disappointed and dismayed" by the contents of an intended speech at the annual conference of the Garda Representative Association in Limerick.

Dermot Ahern has pulled out of scheduled appearance in Limerick this evening because of the allegations and contents of a speech which the Donegal based GRA President Michael O' Boyce was due to make.

In the address, which in the end wasn't made, the President of the GRA accused the Government of "national sabotage", "corrupted by years of power".

Michael O'Boyce also said the "vitriolic attack from Government" on public sector workers over the past year and a half is verging "on incitement to hatred".

In an unprecendented attack, Michael O' Boyce said Fianna Fáil had sacrificed the greater good and properity of Ireland to protect "economic traitors".

Expressing his disastifaction with the comments in Limerick this evening, Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy said gardai should not enter the political arena......

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