The Garda Commissioner has offered to enter negotiations with garda associations on the disputed issue of rosters.
Drew Harris met the four associations representing all garda ranks, from chief superintendents to rank-and -file members, at Garda Headquarters in Dublin this afternoon.
Mr Harris presented the associations with two options, talks under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) or negotiations under the gardaí's Internal Resolutions Process.
The Garda Representative Association (GRA) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) have already declined to enter talks under the WRC.
Discussions under the internal resolutions process would involve discussions to resolve the roster impasse between the associations and garda management under an agreed chair, similar to previous talks held under the Westmanstown process.
Both the GRA and the AGSI described today's talks with Commissioner Harris as positive.
The central executive committee of each association is meeting tonight to decide which, if any, of the commissioner's options to accept.
Mr Harris is due to meet the associations again tomorrow morning.
The deadline of 6 November for the change of roster insisted upon by the commissioner was not discussed at today's meeting.
The dispute over rosters resulted in a unanimous vote of no confidence in Mr Harris.
The GRA said it still intends to proceed with its special delegate conference next week to decide the parametres of and the issues to be raised at any agreed talks.
It also said that along with rosters, it has issues with retention, recruitment, suspensions and discipline in An Garda Síochána.