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Adams calls for Garda Commissioner to resign as reports reveal alarming breathalyser discrepancies for Louth

7 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said it is “clear that the Garda Commissioner must go”.

Mr Adams reiterated Sinn Féin’s call for Nóirín O’Sullivan to resign as Garda reports into the scandal of falsified breath-tests show that Louth Garda division was found to have a gap of 213% between the number of breathalyser tests counted on the PULSE system and the number of tests actually registered by breathalyser devices.

Teachta Adams also accused Fianna Fail, whose support is essential for the survival of this government, of abdicating its responsibilities in not demanding that it sack her.

The Louth TD said;

“The staggering discrepancies for the Louth division highlight the scale of this national scandal. It is clear that the Commissioner can no longer remain in office.

“The reality is that the Government and Fianna Fáil coalesced to keep the Garda Commissioner in office for far too long.

“The litany of controversies that emerged on the Commissioner's watch, and her refusal to take responsibility for her failures, has eroded public confidence in policing in a very profound way.

“Will Fianna Fáil continue to prop-up this failing government if it once again shirks its responsibility to remove the Commissioner from office?

“The Commissioner's position is untenable. So too is that of Fianna Fail. They cannot continue to bolster this government while it refuses to sack the Garda Commissioner.

“Nóirín O'Sullivan is not the person to deliver the comprehensive reform of An Garda Síochána that is so badly needed. She should go now.” 

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