Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has told members that he is introducing a new uniform.

In a message to members today, Commissioner Harris said the uniform will be based on the one that is currently being piloted.

Members at Tallaght, Henry Street in Limerick and Bunclody Garda Station in Wexford have been wearing a new uniform all summer.

It consists of a light blue polo shirt and navy cargo-style trousers.

Commissioner Harris has said the final design of the uniform, the material to be used and the timing of its introduction will be subject to a procurement process.

He told members today that they will be kept updated on the matter.

However, the Garda Representative Association said the piloted uniform has received negative feedback from its members.

"The GRA have long been calling for a new European-style police uniform - typified by a baseball hat, polo shirt, and heavy-duty boots," said John O'Keeffe, Communications Director for the GRA.

"The operational success of these uniforms is already seen in units such as the Armed Response Unit and the Garda Dog Unit - to name but two.

"There is no reason that this uniform style cannot now be carried over to the rest of the frontline with appropriate distinguishing livery.

"The pilot uniform, which was rolled out this summer to a number of garda stations has, by and large, not received plaudits from our members.

"It is to be hoped therefore that the new garda uniform will come about as a result of full and frank discussion with all stakeholders - but most especially the wearers on the frontline through its Association," said Mr O'Keefe.