Belfast Telegraph

Sgts cleared over commissioner snub

Four Garda sergeants threatened with disciplinary action for snubbing their chief have been cleared after declaring their full confidence in the commissioner.

An agreed statement from the officers from Kilkenny-Carlow division and Garda bosses following a six-hour meeting said the matter was now "resolved".

A Garda Press Office spokesman said no further disciplinary action would be taken.

The four were summoned to a meeting with Assistant Commissioner Fintan Fanning over their demonstration at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) annual conference earlier this week.

They had staged a walkout when Justice Minister Alan Shatter got up to address the gathering and - in an unprecedented move - again when the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan took to the podium.

One of the members also remarked that he had no confidence in Mr Callinan.

A statement released by the force after meeting at Templemore Garda College, said the four sergeants "indicated that they meant to cause no offence to the Commissioner".

It continued: "They personally have full confidence in the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana. The Commissioner enjoys the full confidence of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors."

The statement said recent remarks by the Garda Commissioner were particularly helpful and magnanimous and reinforced the "excellent relations" between AGSI and Garda management. It also said that the four sergeants regretted that controversy was played out in such a public manner.

Agsi, which represents more than 2,000 mid-ranking officers, offered the sergeants legal assistance and vowed to protect them as far as they could. A number of senior Agsi representatives accompanied the men during the meeting.


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