Tuesday 12 December 2017

No ombudsman probe into penalty points controversy

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

The Government is not going to ask the Garda Ombudsman to look at the controversy surrounding the scrapping of penalty points.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar backed calls yesterday for a second investigation into the wiping of penalty points by members of An Garda Siochana.

However, the Coalition is sticking to its decision to refer the report to the Garda Inspectorate and an Oireachtas committee.

Following on from the original garda report into the controversy, Mr Varadkar has said he thinks it would be a "good idea" if the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) also conducted an inquiry.

However, he wasn't sure if the issue fell within the remit of the Ombudsman.

The Government says it was not a recommendation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Cabinet to refer the report to the Ombudsman and this situation hasn't changed.

Irish Independent

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