Kerry Garda Chief Superintendent says operations plan in place if strikes go ahead

The Garda Chief Superintendent for Kerry says a major operations plan is in place if rank-and-file gardaí and their mid-ranking colleagues strike this Friday.

Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan says he can’t discuss the contents of the plan for operational reasons.

However, he’s given assurances that all calls to gardaí on that day will be answered.

Chief Superintendent Cadogan says there’ll  also be garda cars on patrol on Friday if the disputes go ahead.

Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan
Garda Chief Superintendent for the Kerry Division, Con Cadogan, says he’s limited in what he can say as talks have been taking place today at the Labour Court, involving the Garda Representative Association, while the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors are due to attend the court tomorrow.

Chief Superintendent Cadogan says an operations plan is in place if the strike by both associations goes ahead.

He’s confirmed that some garda stations in the county would be closed on Friday, if there is an all-out strike, but would not state where for operational reasons.

He says all phone calls to garda stations will be answered but that urgent calls would be prioritised.

Chief Superintendent Cadogan wouldn’t comment on reports in the Kerryman newspaper that just 12 gardaí would be available to police the county if Friday’s strikes occur.