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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Kenny vows all penalty point recommendations will be implemented

Refused to say if Shatter will apologise

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said all the Garda Inspectorates recommendations on the penalty points systems will be implemented.

Speaking in the Dail, Mr Kenny refused to say if Justice Minister Alan Shatter would apologise to whistleblowers Sgt Maurice McCabe and former garda John Wilson, who first raised concerns about wrongly quashed points.

However, the Taoiseach said he was “very happy to note” that both whistleblowers assisted the Garda Inspectorate in compiling the report which is expected to recommend sweeping changes to the penalty points system.

He said Minister Shatter will bring the report before the Cabinet this afternoon and recommend the full implementation of its findings.

The highly critical report will recommend that the cancelling of points should be carried out by a centralised office rather than senior divisional gardai.

It is understood the report is also critical of the lack of accountability and record keeping by gardai who issue points.

The Taoiseach said the report, which will be published this afternoon, contained around 30 recommendations.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said the whistleblowers will be “vindicate” by the report and asked if Minister Shatter would apologise to Sgt McCabe for saying he did not cooperate with a previous internal garda inquiry.

The Taoiseach refused to answer the question and instead said Minister Shatter’s issue was with Sgt McCabe’s allegation that drivers who had points wiped were later involved in fatal road accidents.

Sinn Fein Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Taoiseach if he believed Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s position was tenable given that he described the whistleblowers’ allegations as “disgusting”.

Mr Kenny said the Garda Commissioner would issue a statement later today.

Mr Ó Caoláin also noted that Sgt McCabe was still restricted from performing his duties as a garda sergeant.

The Taoiseach said this was a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his office did not have the power to intervene.

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