Friday 18 January 2019

Findings on penalty points will go public

JUSTICE Minister Frances Fitzgerald (inset) has pledged that the results of an investigation into fresh allegations of abuse of the penalty points system will be made public.

She said people should not jump to conclusions until inquiries into the claims are completed.

Ms Fitzgerald's remarks come after it was revealed at the weekend that new claims about breaches in the operation of the system have been made by "whistleblower" Sgt Maurice McCabe.

It is claimed that large scale abuses of the system continued despite the changes made to the penalty points regime.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said that under new procedures on June 16 last only three members of the force had the power to determine if penalty points should be cancelled.

She said it was not yet clear whether the new allegations related to cancellations made before or after that date and that it is important to establish the date of the alleged cancellations to evaluate if the new procedures are working properly.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey and officers from the force's professional standards unit met with Sgt McCabe to discuss his latest claims.

The internal Garda investigation will try to establish if the new allegations are a re-hash of claims already made, refer to cancellations that took place between Sgt McCabe's last list of complaints and before the June changeover or were implemented since June 16.


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