Sunday, September 28, 2008

Civil servants refuse to carry out fingerprinting of immigrants

Plans by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to introduce a new state-of-the-art fingerprint and palmprint system for migrants has had to be put on hold because clerical staff refused an instruction from garda management to process the fingerprinting.

The 50 clerical staff at the GNIB headquarters at Burgh Quay, members of the Civil and Public Service Union, argue that it is inappropriate for clerical staff to do the job of a garda.

The clerical workers remain behind a protective screen while processing the applicant. But the new Automated Fingerprint Integrated System (AFIS), signed off by justice minister Dermot Ahern last month, involves the applicant being taken into a dedicated room for finger and palm printing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Fire them!

Replace them with someone who will do the requirements their job.

Ireland's on the fast track to a misguided chaotic land of the lost culture.

30.06 Liberator