Saturday 25 March 2017

Fears about effect on the force are valid

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

IT was a gripping five-hour contest between Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and his interrogators on the Dail Public Accounts Committee as they grappled over a raft of allegations, which cast a cloud over the senior officer corps in the force but remained unsubstantiated.

Both sides made their points forcibly even though at times they appeared to struggle to understand the basis for the opposing views.

The penalty points controversy is a big "catch" for the committee, and its members seem determined it should remain at the forefront of the debate by ensuring that the next moves in the long-running saga should be played out in front of them.

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