Tomorrow’s Gardai strike to go ahead

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The first Garda strike in the history of the state will go ahead tomorrow.

The GRA - which represents 10,500 rank and file gardai - says it will not postpone its industrial action, but it's asked colleagues in almost 20 units to report for duty to maintain a skeletal staff.

Emergency Response units, airport police and 999 centres are expected to operate.

The Garda Commissioner is due to announce contingency plans later today.

GRA General Secretary Pat Ennis says they remain available to talk in the event of an eleventh hour deal...

The justice minister has meanwhile issued a last-gasp appeal to Garda associations NOT to go ahead with tomorrow's strikes.

Frances Fitzgerald told the Dáil that there was no possible contingency plan to replace 12,800 Gardaí if they go on strike.

But she said the GRA had already committed to holding a ballot on recommendations for the Labour Court - and says that should be allowed to go ahead without strike action on the cards...