For the second time in a week the Acting Garda Commissioner and senior managers were before an Oireachtas Committee - today the focus was on false breath tests and wrongful convictions

Recording failures, potential inflation and estimation and cutbacks during the recession were the factors stated that led to false breath test data, but Dónall Ó Cualáin said there was no evidence to suggest that that anybody at management level had asked Gardai to falsify records.

He also said no Gardai had been disciplined, a new system was now in place and the Gardai were awaiting more information from Regional Commissioners and the Policing Authority's Independent report
However the members of the Justice Committee were highly critical of the Garda's response with the

Committee Chairman, Caoimhin O Caolain, said their answers wouldn't wash

One million fines - as a result of wrongful motoring convictions - has now been re-paid.

On the wrongful convictions, the Gardai said the repayment of fines has so far cost around a million Euro and had received one hundred and nineteen solicitors letters about loss of licences, livelihoods and liberty
However they said no-one had gone to jail solely because of a penalty points offence
The committee also heard that an internal culture audit began today to identify what makes up the fabric of the organisation, why Gardai think the way they think and act the way they act.

Mr Ó Cualáin has said "is no evidence to suggest" that anybody at management level in An Garda Síochána asked gardaí to falsify records with regards to breath tests.

Mr O'Cualáin and senior managers appeared before an Oireachtas Committee answering questions focussing on false breath tests and wrongful convictions.

Recording failures, potential inflation and estimation and cutbacks during the recession have been the factors stated that led to false breath test data.

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy put it to Mr Ó Cualáin that a real problem for the force is that members, through the Garda Representative Association, are blaming garda management for the falsification of breath test numbers.

He asked how he proposed the "people you may be disciplining may be the people who believe the people disciplining them are the ones responsible" for false test numbers.

Mr Ó Cualáin said Garda management has taken action in relation to the GRA comments and asked Assistant Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan to go back, seek names of people, and go to them and find out if management were putting pressure on front line members.

He said: "I would be very surprised that any manager in charge of a district or division would not be asking and directing that all of the people under their control would fully engage with that process in relation to the enforcement of the Road Traffic Acts.

"However, if we move to the taking of breath samples where the falsification may have occurred. There is no evidence to suggest that that anybody at management were asking their members to falsify records."