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Latest Garda controversies further erode public confidence – Adams

24 March, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today said that public confidence in the management of An Garda Síochána will be further eroded by the revelations around wrongful convictions for motoring offences and major discrepancies in the recording of breath tests on the Pulse system.

Teachta Adams said;

“Public confidence in the senior management of An Garda Síochána is already on the floor following the dreadful treatment of Sgt Maurice McCabe.

“Confidence will be further eroded by the news that approximately 14,700 people have been mistakenly convicted of motoring offences, while only half of the breath tests recorded on the Pulse System were actually carried out.

“In recent years, there have been a litany of problems associated with the Garda, including the original penalty-points scandal, the controversy surrounding the tapping of phone calls at Garda stations, and the smear campaigns waged against whistleblowers who were trying to hold the force to a higher standard.

“As well as the resignation of a Minister for Justice, the departures of a Garda Commissioner and a General Secretary of the Department of Justice, and the sacking of a confidential recipient, there are now numerous commissions of investigation on-going in relation to matters of policing and justice.

“The latest revelations come as part of what is a never-ending crisis. It is a mess. The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said that she is concerned. This is not good enough. The Minister must demand a comprehensive explanation from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan about this latest debacle. The Minister must also make a detailed statement to the Dáil.

“The matter should also be referred to the Public Accounts Committee as the state will have to cover the costs of this fiasco.

“All of these issues go to the very heart of public expectation and confidence in the integrity of our policing and justice systems. That necessary confidence in Garda Management does not exist at this time.” 

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