Someone said :
Crossed wires here. You said the Airport police will lose their powers of arrest. That is different from moving gardaí off admin roles and replacing them with civilians.
(BTW, don't the civilians on passport duty have powers of arrest?)
The Airport police and civilians on passport duty only have power of arrest in the Airport or on its grounds. The Gardai on immigration duties will not be present so any arrests made on day of strike ie illegal entry to country will be detained in airport overnight instead of a Garda cell until the proper paperwork is processed for a court hearing.
The Airport police (completely different from An Garda) and trained civilians never had any power of arrest outside the Airport. Unless you want to cover a citizens arrest.
It was crossed wires. Is this what you mean?