Northern Ireland

Irish police defer planned strike action

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Image caption The announcement was made late on Thursday night

Police in the Republic of Ireland have called off their planned strike action for Friday.

A spokesperson for the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) said they had decided to ballot members on new proposals from The Labour Court.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents rank and file gardaí (Irish police), also announced it would defer its strike action.

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the announcement.

In a statement she said it had been "an intensive period of negotiation".

She said: "I would like to commend all who have been involved in these complex discussions for engaging in this process in good faith and for their commitment to finding a resolution.

"The part played by the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court in seeking to resolve this dispute has been invaluable and I want to express my thanks to them."

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