Friday's industrial action by over 2,000 garda sergeants and inspectors, as well as next week's garda strike, are still set to go ahead after talks between the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors and Department of Justice failed to deliver a breakthrough in their dispute over pay and union rights.

Meanwhile, talks between the Garda Representative Association and the department have ended for the evening but will resume tomorrow.

The GRA declined to comment on whether progress had been made.

A spokesperson for the AGSI said it is still in contact with the department but that no defined schedule for further talks had been set as yet.

The AGSI’s 2,200 members last Friday refused to log on to the central garda computer system known as PULSE for 24 hours.

They will step up their second stoppage this Friday to include non-cooperation with other administrative duties, including detailing garda members for duty, processing files and responding to management correspondence.

The AGSI will also join 10,500 rank and file gardaí in four days of effective strike action on 4, 11, 18 and 25 November.

The garda dispute centres on the exclusion of garda representative bodies from industrial relations bodies like the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court, as well as the two-tier pay system for lower paid new recruits.

The Government has pledged to address the industrial relations concerns of AGSI and the Garda Representatives Association, and issues are currently being examined in a review being carried out by industrial relations troubleshooter John Horgan.

However, as yet it is unclear how the issues surrounding pay for new entrants can be addressed outside the Lansdowne Road Agreement without triggering serious knock-on pay claims from other unions, which could unravel the Government's policy on public sector pay.

The Lansdowne Road Agreement was negotiated to reverse pay and pension cuts for public service workers imposed since 2008. It extends the Haddington Road Agreement until 2018.