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Gardai could probe Inspectorate report

GARDAI may launch internal investigations into the systematic failings revealed in the damning Garda Inspectorate report.

The Herald has learned that the force will ask the Inspectorate for more information before deciding whether to begin investigations.

Gardai may also approach the victims of crime who spoke to the Inspectorate with a view to reviewing their cases.

It can also be revealed that the technology reforms called for in the Inspectorate's report will cost the force tens of millions of euro.

The report was critical of how crime statistics are recorded and suggested the country's true crime rates may be higher than previously reported because of declassification and reclassification.

It also said the force was lagging behind international standards when it comes to the necessary technology needed to properly investigate serious crimes.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the report was a "line in the sand for policing in Ireland".

She denied gardai were "massaging" crime statistics and insisted the majority of the failings arose because of the lack of modern technology available to the force.

The last introduction of major technology was the Garda PULSE computer system more than 15 years ago. The Inspectorate report said it was not fit for purpose.

Senior sources told the Herald that the technology overhaul suggested in the report would cost the force millions of euros.

"You're talking tens of millions," a source said.