Members of the Garda Representative Association have returned to Sligo Garda Station after walking out last week over what they described as unsafe working conditions. 

A spokesman for the gardaí said they were directed to go back to the station and did so under protest but conscious that if they ignored the direction, they could face consequences discipline regulations. 

GRA representative Garda Ray Wims said that garda management said they had three inspections carried out by the Chief Fire Officer, the Health and Safety Authority and the Office of Public Works.

He said members of Sligo Garda Station or the GRA have not been provided with copies of these reports.

Mr Wims claimed there was no report to contradict Michael Reilly’s engineers’ report of the internal Garda Safety Advisors’ report, which highlighted serious breaches of health and safety regulations, in particular fire regulations.

Garda management confirmed that gardaí are once again using the station following the three independent reviews, which it said had confirmed it was a safe place to work.

In a statement garda management said: "The focus of garda local management is to ensure the delivery of the refurbishment of Sligo Station and the improvement of services and amenities for the benefit of all the station party.

"Garda management is also fully committed to the development of a new, purpose built garda station for the city of Sligo and is working with the OPW in this regard.

"An Garda Síochána would like to thank all garda personnel in Sligo for ensuring that the people of Sligo continued to be provided with a full policing service over the last week."