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Minister must move swiftly to restore public confidence in the penalty points system

11 December, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has called on the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter to move swiftly to restore public confidence in the penalty points system following allegations from a garda whistle-blower that 50,000 penalty points cases were quashed by senior gardaí.

The Donegal North East TD raised the issue with the Minister in the Dáil today.

Minister Shatter gave an assurance to Deputy Mac Lochlainn that he will publish the report on the allegation being carried out by Assistant Garda Commissioner, John O' Mahony when completed.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn:

“These allegations are very serious and have the potential to seriously undermine public confidence in the penalty points system. The internal garda report must be carried out as soon as possible.

“The minister must then move to reassure the public that the penalty points appeal system is fully accountable with a full paper trail and a rationale provided on a case by case basis when a superintendent quashes any points or potential points against a motorist.

“I welcome the confirmation by the minister that he will publish the Assistant Commissioner’s report but the public will demand action and accountability.

“Any failure to implement the law must be dealt with clearly or any suggestion that ‘VIPs’ can have their points waived must be clarified.

“In the meantime, any shoddy policing practices that are evident from the allegations must be ceased immediately.”


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