Monday 20 February 2017

Fears about effect on the force are valid

Published 24/01/2014 | 02:30

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.

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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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