RTÉ News understands the draft agreement between the Garda Representative Association and the Department of Justice on pay and conditions includes a restoration of rent allowance for new recruits to the force and the reinstatement of increments backdated to 1 July.

The draft agreed last Friday also promises that promotion opportunities for gardaí would increase on a pro rata basis as the force expands to reach a strength of 15,000 as committed to by the Government.

The rent allowance would be restored in two phases, the first 50% on 1 January 2017 and the second 50% from 1 January 2018.

Gardaí would be required to work an extra 15 hours per year but that could be done in 15-minute blocks

In return, there is a commitment in the agreement to refer the GRA's long standing proposal that gardaí move to a 39-hour working week to a third party for an examination, which would be completed before the expiry of the Lansdowne Road agreement.

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However, the GRA would also have to commit to delivery on many modernisation processes including the introduction of Victim Support Offices in each garda division, an armed support unit for Dublin and engagement with the programme of amalgamating garda stations.

Meanwhile, the central executive committee of the GRA has adjourned its meeting without coming to a decision on the pay deal. 

GRA President Ciaran O'Neill said the committee agreed to put the proposals to a special delegate conference which is due to meet on Wednesday.

Several executive members told RTÉ News after the meeting that they were not happy with the proposals.

The deal, if backed by members, could see the threat of industrial action by the union averted.

Talks between the department and the largest garda union on pay had been ongoing since June.