Tuesday 24 October 2017

Colum Kenny: Garda whistleblowers want more than penalty points investigated

Enquiry will focus spotlight on Garda policy and culture along with the Pulse system, writes Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

the Dail Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality would like the Garda Ombudsman to investigate and report to it on the penalty points scandal. It wants to send him the internal garda report on the matter that has been criticised by garda whistleblowers and in the Dail.

But committee chairman David Stanton TD told me last week that neither the Garda Ombudsman nor his own committee may have the legal power to do so, even if the Ombudsman is willing.

The Garda Ombudsman is independent and is responsible for receiving and dealing with all complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Siochana.

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