Independent enquiry into penalty points debacle is now necessary – Mac Lochlainn
Responding to the publication of the internal Garda investigation into whistle-blower allegations that senior Gardaí scrapped large numbers of penalty points without an adequate explanation, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn called for an independent enquiry into the allegations.
He also expressed serious concern about the way that the treatment of the whistle-blower in this case will deter others from coming forward with allegations of wrong doing across the public and private sectors.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“I have had the opportunity to view a document outlining the whistle-blowers’
allegations. On that basis, I am surprised at the outcome of the internal Garda investigation.
“Rather than battening down the hatches, Minister Alan Shatter and senior Gardaí need to let in the light and allow these very serious allegations of malpractice to be examined independently.
“Police investigating police is not always acceptable. That is why the office of the Garda Ombudsman was established.
“I am also seriously concerned at the isolation and criticism of the whistle-blower in this case. What encouragement has been offered in this debacle to others from coming forward with allegations of wrong doing across the public and private sectors?”