Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said that all public sector pay claims must be settled through the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

He said money available to the Government for public services will be spent on public pay, but also on improving public services and employing more gardaí, nurses and teachers.

Asked if gardaí are a unique case, Mr Donohoe said every public sector union can make a case for the particular place of their members in Irish life.

Rank-and-file gardaí earlier this week voted to take industrial action following the rejection of pay proposals negotiated with the Department of Justice last week.

The action includes "a unilateral withdrawal of services" on 4, 11, 18 and 25 November.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald yesterday said her department is open to meeting the Garda Representative Association to discuss members' outstanding issues.

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