The Garda Representative Association has passed a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter.

The motion was passed at a meeting of the GRA Central Executive today.

The motion also urgently requests the Garda Commissioner to outline to the force whether he believes any reduction in garda pay will have a negative effect on policing.

It also asks that he publicly address what it calls "the negative effect to garda morale resulting from speculative proposals to cut garda pay and other proposed changes to working conditions".

In a statement, the GRA says it is convinced that the Commissioner is unaware of the impact of pay cuts and lack of resources on his workforce.

It is seeking an urgent meeting to give him a first-hand account of members' difficulties in all garda divisions.

A spokesperson said that no vote has been taken on the question of industrial action.

There have been reports that industrial action had been backed at regional GRA meetings. However, such action is prohibited for gardaí.

Responding to the GRA motion Mr Shatter said: "We have, from time to time, down through the years seen rows between the associations representing members of An Garda Síochána and the Minister for Justice of the day.

“These spats occurred in good times and in bad times and both parties simply have to get on with their respective jobs.

“I understand that the Garda Commissioner has invited the representative associations to meet with him to discuss their concerns and I hope these discussions will be helpful."