Thursday 18 January 2018

Senior officers quashed €1m in fines, says garda

Senior officers quashed €1m in fines, says garda
Senior officers quashed €1m in fines, says garda
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

A GARDA whistleblower claims that senior officers within the force had quashed penalty points and fines which could have amounted to €1m.

The whistleblower is claiming that hundreds of gardai regularly write off penalty points for family and friends.

The garda, who is still serving in the force, has described 14 senior officers as "habitual offenders", and alleged that they had written off penalty points which could have amounted to almost €1m in revenue for the State.

"I reported illegal, corrupt, wrong and disgraceful terminations. I [exposed] the attitude and contempt which some officers have for road safety," he told TV3.

"I reported falsifications of official records and misappropriation of millions of euro in public money, and I stand by all my allegations and I have evidence to prove this," his statement read. The whistleblower, who is based in the Midlands, claims that a well-known sports star had been caught speeding on seven occasions, including five times in one day.

These offences could have amounted to €560. However, he has received no fines or penalties and the only explanation offered for this quashing was "garda discretion".

The whistleblower also claims that in May 2011, a male motorist in Kildare had his speeding offence cancelled over "a query as to the speed limits in the area". However, he claims 14 other motorists were all subjected to fines after being caught by the same 'Go Safe' van on the same day and time.

He also said that his move to go public on these revelations had destroyed him, his career and his family.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is set to face the allegations of corruption within the force in front of the Public Accounts Committee tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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