Critical batch of Garda promotions stalled after officer threatens to take court action

A critical batch of Garda promotions has been stalled after one officer threatened to take a court case to halt the process.

A stay has been put on 410 moves from garda to sergeant and approximately 200 sergeants to inspectors.

The campaign is one of the biggest promotion lists in recent history and sources have said it is critical to the smooth running of the force.

A source added: “One candidate has indicated they will seek a High Court injunction stopping the competition.

“Legal advice received by An Garda Siochana is not to release the competition result pending a potential court action.”

Sources said it is understood the case focuses on alleged issues around selection for one of the recruitment phases.

The sergeants and inspectors competition is run in various stages, including a legal and procedures examination as well as an interview.

Gardai receive a rating or number and they are called for the next phase based on this ranking.

The lack of sergeants has been identified as a key human resources issue within the force in recent months.

Garda representative bodies have said it is causing a significant problem for frontline officers who are operating in a supervision vacuum.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors described the shortage in both ranks as

a “crisis”.

Shortfalls at sergeant and inspector level have been particularly severe in the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

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