The Irish gardaí will strike for the first time in their history when they take industrial action in pursuit of faster restoration of pay cuts suffered during the financial crisis. It has already embarked on a campaign of industrial action after lodging a claim for a 16.5pc pay rise.
A union representing airport police in Dublin, Cork and Shannon said they will resist any attempt to get them to carry out Garda duties when gardaí fail to report for duty for four days next month. A second union representing hundreds of Garda civilian staff said it has also instructed them not to provide cover. Justice Minister had made it clear there were no plans for the Army to be involved.