Saturday 24 February 2018

An Garda's toughest case

Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan is taking cover behind the hunt for gardai who inputted the false checkpoint returns

'Right now, the rookie gardai and the rank and file have the spotlight to themselves, because it is their job to input checkpoint returns on the Pulse system' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A
'Right now, the rookie gardai and the rank and file have the spotlight to themselves, because it is their job to input checkpoint returns on the Pulse system' Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire...A
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The night before the Garda Commissioner's grilling by a committee of TDs and senators, chief superintendents left headquarters in the Phoenix Park and dispersed around the country under orders to get stuck in to what is probably the biggest investigation into suspected data fraud in the history of the State.

Some 1,995,369 alcohol breath tests were recorded on the Garda's Pulse computer system between November 2011 and October last year, and 933,988 of them were fake; invented figures logged on the system by hundreds, if not thousands, of gardai - directly or by phone to the garda information services system - for reasons that the Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has yet to explain.

O'Sullivan has launched an internal investigation and promised to punish the fakers, saying that "people responsible at all levels will be held to account".

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