Sunday 25 September 2016

Donohoe to be called in front of committee to explain latest penalty points controversy

Niall O’Connor Political Correspondent

Published 24/06/2015 | 12:35

Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe

TRANSPORT Minister Paschal Donohoe has been called in front of an Oireachtas committee to explain the latest penalty points controversy.

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Independent.ie revealed on Monday that up to 20,000 motorists escaped points as a result of a loophole involving the courts service.

Judges have been unable to apply points for road offences because motorists have failed to produce their licences in court.

The loophole is now set to be closed as a gardai prepare to target motorists in a new garda operation. The operation, which will involve officers intercepting offender inside the country’s court rooms, has been ordered by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

At today’s meeting of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, it was agreed to call in Minister Donohoe to explain the loophole following a proposal by Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan.

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