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Jonathan O'Brien TD calls on Garda Commissioner to make full and comprehensive statement immediately

26 March, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Justice Jonathan O'Brien, speaking following Garda Commissioner Nóirín O Sullivan's statement about revelations over wrongful convictions for motoring offences and major discrepancies in the recording of breath tests on the Pulse system, has called on the Government to express their no confidence in the Commissioner.

Deputy O'Brien said:

"Garda Commissioner Noirín O Sullivan's statement simply does not go far enough to explain how and why such disastrous discrepancies occurred within the Pulse system.

"Her statement that it is inevitable more examples of bad practice within the system will unfold is not good enough. She must provide more clarity.

"The 14,500 people wrongfully convicted of road traffic offences deserve more clarity. The public deserve an answer to the hugely exaggerated drink driving test numbers.

"This follows a litany of scandals which has eroded public trust in An Garda Síochána, including the appalling treatment of Sgt. Maurice McCabe, the penalty-points scandal and the smear campaigns against whistle-blowers within the force.

"The Commissioner has not stepped up to the plate in terms of her clarity of events and taking responsibility for such a disastrous and, what seems to be a never ending mess.

Sinn Féin have expressed no confidence in the Commissioner in the past and continue to call for her resignation. I am also calling on the Government to express no confidence in O'Sullivan.

"I am  calling on Minister for Justice Francis FitzGerald to demand a full and comprehensive statement from the Commissioner immediately.

“As the state will have to cover the costs of such an abhorrence, this should be referred to the Public Accounts Committee.

"The Commissioner no longer has public confidence, this scandal, along with all other scandals have been below the standard for which the public expect from Garda Management. It is time for major change within policing and the justice system." 


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