The Garda Síochána Act, 1924

Formation of representative bodies.

13.—(1) For the purpose of enabling the members of the Gárda Síochána to consider and bring to the notice of the Commissioner and of the Minister matters affecting their welfare and efficiency, other than questions of discipline and promotion affecting individuals, there shall be established, in accordance with regulations to be made under this Act, a representative body or bodies for all or any one or more of the ranks of the Gárda Síochána below the rank of Surgeon, consisting of representatives elected by the members of the ranks or rank represented from amongst their number in manner to be prescribed by the regulations aforesaid.

(2) Every such representative body shall be entirely independent of and unassociated with any body or person outside the Gárda Síochána.

(3) It shall not be lawful for a member of the Gárda Síochána to be or become a member of any trade union or of any association (other than a representative body formed under this section) of which the objects or one of the objects are or is to control or influence the pay, pensions, or conditions of service of any police force.

(4) If any question arises whether any body or association is a trade union or association to which this section applies, the question shall be determined by the Minister whose decision shall be final.