The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is continuing its 24-hour work to rule tonight as part of a campaign seeking pay restoration and negotiating rights.

Over 2,000 middle ranking gardaí decided not to use the garda's internal computer system PULSE for 24 hours, starting at 7am this morning.

This means that while crimes will still be recorded on the system by rank and file gardaí, sergeants and inspectors will not review and verify these inputs or detail what action is to be taken.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said it is the first step in an escalating campaign which will continue over the next six weeks.

Garda management has moved to reassure the public that the action will have little impact on policing today, saying "every effort will be made to minimise disruption to services". 

The first ever form of industrial action taken by AGSI members appears to be having little impact on policing - as routine work continued at the courts and Government buildings today while gardaí were on patrol as normal all over the country.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has said processes have been put in place to minimise disruption and reiterated the call for a resolution of outstanding issues.

The AGSI is meeting garda management today and will also continue talks with the Department of Justice.

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The move includes a refusal to do administrative duties next Friday and a complete withdrawal of labour, along with rank-and-file gardaí in two weeks' time.

AGSI President Antoinette Cunningham said the action is designed to show the Government it can no longer ignore demands for pay restoration and negotiation rights.

She said discussions have commenced on contingency planning and they will continue in the coming days.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One programme Ms Cunningham said the details have to remain confidential for security reasons.

When asked about her concern for securing the safety of the State, Ms Cunningham responded that the matter of contingency planning is the ultimate responsibility of the Commissioner.

She said talks continue with the Department of Justice and it would be inappropriate to state if progress was being made or not out of these discussions.

She said "a lot more talking needs to happen next week" and that the course of action being taken is an escalation. "

Any move away from LRA would be 'hugely difficult' - Simon Coveney

Meanwhile, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Environment Simon Coveney has reiterated the Government view that a solution to both the garda and teacher disputes must be found within the parameters of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

The Landsdowne 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.

Speaking to RTÉ’s News, Mr Coveney said any move away from the LRA would open up a hugely difficult and unaffordable problem.

Garda Management has met representatives of the two garda associations to discuss contingency plans in the event of a garda strike in two-weeks time.

More than 12,000 gardaí, sergeants and inspectors are due to withdraw their labour on 4 November as part of their campaign seeking pay restoration and negotiating rights.

Garda management have already begun drawing up plans to police the country in the event of a strike and met both the GRA and the AGSI to discuss what level of cover the associations are prepared to allow their members provide.

They say they have received widespread public support.

The GRA has already exempted the armed specialist units the ERU and the RSU but garda headquarters is also concerned about the protection of citizens and the security of the State and is seeking clarity on a number of issues - including immigration, plans for policing the airport and other strategic locations.