The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has lodged an official pay claim requesting pay restoration amounting to 16.5%.

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham met Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the Department of Justice this afternoon.

Ms Cunningham this evening said it was up to Government to deal with the urgency.

She would not be drawn on what they might need to present to members at the AGSI special delegate conference on 17 October in order to avert industrial action.

The AGSI president said there had been a "frank exchange of views" between the association and the minister.

Ms Cunningham earlier said the Government did not understand that gardaí did not have the same rights in terms of right to strike and negotiations on pay.

She also accused the Government of reneging on promises on how to negotiate future garda pay.

Minister Fitzgerald said she had a constructive meeting with the AGSI and emphasised that the resolution of outstanding concerns lies in further engagement, which she said she will continue to facilitate.

There will be further contact between the department and the AGSI in the coming days, she added.

Later this week the Tánaiste will meet the Garda Representative Association, which last month voted to take industrial action following the rejection of pay proposals negotiated with the Department of Justice.

The GRA said the action by rank-and-file gardaí includes "a unilateral withdrawal of services" on 4, 11, 18 and 25 November.

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