Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has not yet discussed contingency plans for dealing with planned strikes by gardaí with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, according to informed departmental sources.

Four days of strike action have been scheduled by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors and the Garda Representative Association for November.

Garda sergeants and inspectors will also refuse to sign on to the PULSE garda IT system or to engage in any PULSE-related activities between 7am and 7pm this Friday.

It is understood that the department considers such contingency arrangements to be an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner, who will be given all support required.

Sources said the minister and her officials were focused on seeking a resolution to the current dispute in a bid to avoid industrial action taking place.

The department is due to meet the AGSI tomorrow, and will hold a further meeting with the GRA on Friday.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said the Government's focus is to work within the framework of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, the minister said his focus is to ensure that an agreement with garda bodies does not have consequences the Government and taxpayer cannot afford.

He said in any agreement reached, he has to be mindful of obligations and agreements with other public civil servants.

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