Garda members are the first in the country to take a new conflict resolution course – Donegal Daily

Twenty-five Garda sergeants and inspectors have completed Ireland’s first accredited third level program in conflict resolution.

The program was established by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in conjunction with ATU Donegal.

The 12-week program which will support AGSI members in advocacy and negotiation over pay, conditions and welfare.

Hundreds more sergeants and inspectors are expected to join the program over the next few years.

Antoinette Cunningham AGSI, Siobhain Cullen Tutor, Ivan Toner Tutor and Ronan Clogher AGSI

AGSI General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham called the launch of the Certificate in Dispute Resolution historic and marks an upgrade in the skills of AGSI members in a more complex representative environment.

“AGSI recognized the gap in our ability to resolve disputes between our members and so we wanted to develop a bespoke accredited program to equip members with the right skills.

“We are very keen to scale this knowledge among our 2,500 members and this first cohort is just the beginning of our training intent.

“ATU Donegal have been responsive and recognize the unique nature of our work and have developed with us an excellent Level 7 Certificate equivalent to ordinary Diploma level.”

Siobhan Cullen, Head of Law, Civil Service and Education at ATU Donegal, says:

“We are delighted to partner with AGSI in this exciting knowledge exchange initiative, developing an accredited training program to be delivered by law professor Ivan Toner BL with guest lecturers.

“This program has been developed in conjunction with General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham to support AGSI members in the dispute resolution environment. This is based on an ethos of experiential learning and reflective practice, both of which are firmly embedded in all our law programs at ATU Donegal.

“With extensive experience in delivering law programs at the undergraduate level, the Legal Department is rapidly developing a portfolio of lifelong learning programs for the professional market. This program is a blended delivery to allow maximum flexibility for learners in full-time positions in the public service.

“It is a privilege to partner with AGSI to support its members by providing accredited training while enhancing skills to meet the demands of the ever-changing dispute resolution environment.”

Garda members are the first in the country to take a new conflict resolution course was last modified: May 30, 2022 by Rachel McLaughlin

Denise W. Whigham