First it was the controversy over the scrapping of penalty points issued to speeding motorists and allegations by two Garda whistleblowers. Last night another whistleblower emerged on Prime Time. This time it was the operator of a speed detection van who revealed that a number of motorists were wrongly fined after he warned management that he had been unable to set up his detection equipment properly. The anonymous former “Go Safe” operator spoke to Katie Hannon and told her what happened when the attempted to set up a speed camera in his van and align it correctly so as a ...
To the Garda Inspectorate’s damning report on the penalty points system – it found consistent and widespread breaches of policy – saying that fixes over the years had resulted in a technically deficient, managerially uncoordinated, inefficient and excessively resourced system. Keelin was joined by journalist Mick Clifford and by former Head of the Garda Traffic Bureau , John O’Brien.
A report into the operation of the penalty points system has recommended that the power to cancel penalty points be taken out of the hands of local Garda officers. The Garda Inspectorate’s report recommends a stricter system , which would remove the Garda power of discretion to cancel penalty points, for offences such as speeding. Fianna Fail said the report vindicated the two Garda whistleblowers Sgt.Maurice McCabe and former gardaJohn Wilson, who first highlighted the issue. Joining Keelin was Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent and former Garda Ombudsman, Conor Brady.
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter outlined his reasons for referring the penalty points issue to the Garda Ombudsman Commission on Morning Ireland this morning. Retired Garda John Wilson, who first brought the issue of termination of penalty points to light, told Sean O’Rourke what he thought of Mr.Shatter’s decision to refer the matter to the Garda Ombudsman. Also joined on the programme by Security Correspondent of the Sunday Times, John Mooney.
The Dail Public Accounts Committee has been busy in recent weeks and this morning the fine tooth comb is out again probing allegations that penalty points were improperly cancelled by senior Garda officers. The PAC is armed with information and boxes of files from two Garda whistleblowers , who claim that penalty points are routinely cancelled. Joining Sean was John Mooney, Crime Correspondent of the Sunday Times.