Update regarding impact of Garda Superintendent pay dispute

4 Nov 2021

Since July 2021, as a result of a dispute over pay and allowances, some senior Garda officers have withdrawn from work they consider outside their core duties.

Such duties include the investigation of complaints referred to them by GSOC under section 94 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.  These are complaints involving alleged breaches of discipline and do not include criminal allegations.  All criminal complaints continue to be investigated by GSOC.

These investigations, in the normal course of events, are required to be completed in a timescale of between 16 and 20 weeks.

With the dispute yet to be resolved, the withdrawal of some senior Gardaí from this work is impacting the completion of some investigations within the statutory timelines.  The resulting delays are outside the control of GSOC.

GSOC’s current estimate is that approximately 218 cases or 52% of such cases may be affected by the dispute.

Today, 4 November 2021, GSOC is issuing correspondence to complainants who may be affected by the delays.

GSOC is continuing to seek updates from An Garda Síochána, and hopes that the dispute can be resolved without significant further delay.