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Monday 15 September 2014

PAC to continue with whistleblower hearing on cancellation of penalty points

Published 28/01/2014 | 19:11

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Martin Callinan arrives at Leinster House to appear before the Public Accounts Committee over the penalty points controversy
Martin Callinan arrives at Leinster House to appear before the Public Accounts Committee over the penalty points controversy

THE Dail Public Accounts Committee tonight decided to continue with a planned hearing of evidence from a Garda whistle-blower about the cancellation of penalty points.

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The decision raises the prospect of a court clash with Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

The decision came after a two-hour meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today at Leinster House.

It also came in spite of the intervention of Justice Minister Alan Shatter who said he would ask the Garda Ombudsman Commission to investigate the controversy.  

Mr Shatter said he did not believe the PAC was equipped to deal with the issues which arise.  

The 13 TDs on the committee were under pressure to avoid a confrontation with Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan who had sought legal advice. 

Commissioner Callinan said he could not allow gardai to end up giving evidence to Dail committees and undermining the discipline and order in the force.

John Downing Political Correspondent

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