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Day 1 for the Garda Reserve November 13, 2006

Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery, Ireland & the Irish.

Today is D-Day for the Garda Reserve. The first Garda reservist starts work today at a station in Cork, with more of his colleagues taking to the beat around the country in the next 48 hours.

Here’s what I just don’t get about the whole thing. At first the Minister was the only one who was all happy clappy about the reserve and it was met with across the board derision among the ranks of the Gardaí. The GRA (Garda Representative Association) was initially opposed to the creation of the reserve force and that’s putting it mildly. At one point not so long ago we were imagining reserve Gardaí be abandoned by the regular force and all hell potentially breaking loose on the streets. So what does the Minister do ? Offer the GRA more cash of course. Pay them to co-operate and they’ll quickly change their tune.

Under the social partnership agreement and as part of a broader deal, the new reserve will now apparently be “tolerated” in return for more money. But to add further madness to a potential nasty situation, the GRA has not specifically instructed their members on how to work with or co-operate with the new recruits. Co-operation they say is necessary (and now obligatory under the new pay deal) but sure, we’ll not tell them exactly how to treat the new reserves. God knows what might happen and the next few weeks across the country will prove interesting to say the least. Especially next Friday and Saturday night when the reservists are called upon to break up the fights and drunken scuffles that happen nationwide, once the pubs close.

The mad Minister on the other hand has called the project a great success and a wonderful boost to policing in Ireland, has ticked the “Garda Reserve” box on his 5 year plan and is seemingly willing to see how things go …

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