Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gardai of all ranks have been caught slacking on the job

Responsibility for the Garda breath test scandal lies with those who failed to notice it was happening

'Nearly two million false tests are now judged to have been submitted to the Garda Information Centre in what the report describes as an 'inaccurate and dishonest' way' (stock photo)
'Nearly two million false tests are now judged to have been submitted to the Garda Information Centre in what the report describes as an 'inaccurate and dishonest' way' (stock photo)

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's always instructive to watch people expressing outrage when others get caught doing what they're doing themselves. The latest episode in the ongoing row about Garda breath tests provided a master class in that.

An independent report, ordered by the Policing Authority and published last week, has found that 400,000 more false breath tests had been recorded by gardai over an eight-year period than previously thought, and that the full extent of the problem may never be known.

Nearly two million false tests are now judged to have been submitted to the Garda Information Centre in what the report describes as an "inaccurate and dishonest" way.

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