Tuesday 12 November 2019

Six senior gardai continued to cancel penalty points including their own - report

A traffic garda enforces the speed limit
A traffic garda enforces the speed limit
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Six senior gardai continued to cancel penalty points in beach of policy despite directions from the Garda Commissioner that the practice was to cease, according to a garda report.

The cancellations by the senior gardai included some which were outside their own areas, RTE News learned.

The report, which was obtained by the national broadcaster, identifies nine instances where senior officers cancelled points and seven cases where points were cancelled on what were described as questionable grounds.

According to the report, a total of 54 breaches in policy took place after Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan introduced the new centralised cancellations policy seven months ago.

The report revealed that in nine cases, six superintendents or acting-superintendents cancelled penalty points, either in breach of the policy or outside their own district, despite their colleagues being previously disciplined and despite having received direction from the former and present commissioners that the practice was to cease.

The report also revealed that at least two gardai had points cancelled in questionable circumstances and one superintendent cancelled penalty points four times without signing the forms properly.

Another garda had penalty points cancelled a total of six times, but his previous history had never been checked.

Over 16,000 penalty points cancellations were examined for the audit and 660 of these were identified as requiring further analysis.

RTE reports that the cases are being sent to the Garda Ombudsman but a number of those garda officers have since retired.

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