The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is to seek legal advice on proposals for increased permanent pension contributions contained in the new public service pay agreement negotiated earlier this month.

The AGSI has also voiced concern about so-called "side deals" for members of other unions which have emerged since the new Public Sector Stability Agreement 2018-2020 was finalised.

Under the draft agreement, the temporary pension-related deduction imposed during the financial crisis is being converted into a permanent higher employee contribution towards their guaranteed pension entitlements, which are generally viewed as superior to those available in the private sector.

The AGSI said it had grave concerns about what they called an unconditional request for members to sign up to the recommendations contained in the Future of Policing in Ireland Commission chaired by Kathleen O'Toole.

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said that while the association had welcomed the commission, it was unfair to ask members to sign up to the recommendations of a piece of work which has literally only begun.

She said that was not the consultative approach which had been promised at the outset.