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3. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views on the inclusion of the Garda representative organisations in the working group that is examining industrial relations structures for An Garda Síochána; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15902/17]

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Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: This working group has been established to consider the technical legislative changes required to provide the Garda associations with access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. This will involve consideration of a number of important and complex issues. The group brings together officials from the Departments and bodies with the relevant expertise and responsibility in these areas and Mr John Murphy, retired Secretary General in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is chairing the group.