Gardaí will not be asked to wear uniforms to protestWednesday 13 February 2013 19.43
The Garda Representative Association has confirmed that it will not be asking members to wear their uniforms to a rally of frontline public service workers on Monday night.
The 24/7 Frontline Alliance, which represents up to 70,000 health, security and emergency services government employees, has organised the protest at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
It is understood that the question of gardaí wearing their uniforms to the rally was raised at a meeting of organisers.
However, that could have created difficulties for gardaí, who are prohibited from attending events in uniform when off-duty as the force is supposed to be apolitical.
A spokesperson for the GRA said it was urging as many members as possible to attend the protest.
However, it said it did not want to put members in the difficult position of possibly facing disciplinary action for wearing their uniforms.