Comment: New Garda review may turn the spotlight back on senior people who called the shots
Disciplining members of the force implicated in falsifying breath tests will cause internal havoc
Who's to blame for the latest Garda scandals? Since the internal Garda reports on the fake breath tests and summons scandals published last week, calls for heads to roll gathered pace.
One report found that almost 1.5 million mandatory alcohol breath tests had been faked. The second found not only that 15,000 motorists were wrongly convicted because summonses were sent to them in error, but motorists who had broken the law, including drink drivers, were never summonsed at all.
While the summonses issue was in part down to gardai who apparently didn't know what they were supposed to be doing, the report on fake breath tests implicated indeterminate numbers of gardai who fabricated figures. Gardai telling porkies about the numbers of motorists they breathalysed at mandatory alcohol checkpoints is a disciplinary matter.