The collective voice representing members of Garda rank.

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The Garda Representative Association, established in 1978, is an association comprising members of the Garda Síochána holding Garda Rank. It operates under the provisions outlined in the Garda Síochána Act of 2005. It is stipulated by law that a member of the Garda Síochána holding Garda Rank cannot become a member of any trade union or association, except for the Garda Representative Association (GRA), which is specifically formed to control or influence matters related to the pay, pensions, and conditions of employment within the police force. Consequently, the GRA serves as the professional association designed to address the specific needs of its members in these and other relevant areas.

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The mission of the Garda Representative Association is to defend and promote members’ interests, with due regard for public wellbeing and the Garda oath to protect and serve. We negotiate and advocate for members of Garda rank in respect of policy, garda welfare and pay, terms & conditions. We also provide member services of relevance and value.

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The Garda Representative Association’s vision is of a world-class police service enabled by dignity and fairness for our members. We believe that to maintain public safety and security and support social cohesion; our members should be part of a well-equipped, well-trained organisation, visible in the community and representative of the diversity of Irish society.

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The Association’s activity is guided by the ethos that collectively we can achieve more than we can individually. We subscribe to organisational best-practice in democracy, transparency, governance and member support; while observing exemplary standards of personal and corporate conduct.

About the GRA

The Garda Representative Association is an Association of members of the Garda Síochána of Garda rank established under the provisions of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.  One of the main objectives of the GRA is to influence the pay, pensions and conditions of employment of its members.

Section 18 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005 makes it unlawful for a  member of An Garda Síochána of Garda rank to become a member of any trade union or association other than the Garda Representative Association.  The GRA, therefore, is the professional Association established to meet the need of its members.

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