Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran TD has said that there is power vested in Government to deliver full accountability on the findings of the report conducted by Assistant Garda Commissioner, Michael O’Sullivan.
The investigative report into the false recording of breath-tests on An Garda Síochana’s Pulse System, indicates that the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) Western, which covers the west of the city including Blanchardstown, Clondalkin and Lucan has been found to have exaggerated figures of breath-tests by 373%. This is the second highest rate in the country.
Deputy Curran commented, “These damning findings show that we now have a very significant problem on our hands.
“As presented, these findings would constitute one of the most damaging episodes in the Gardaí’s long and distinguished history. We need to call it out for the scandal that it is.
“An Garda Síochána provide an invaluable service in our community but public trust and confidence in the processes and procedures around Garda oversight has been shaken by these revelations. It’s clear that there are significant challenges at management level which need to be addressed.
“I believe that decisive action must be taken to implement real reform and cultural change in An Garda Síochána. Therefore there must be a consequence for this dishonesty and there must be meaningful accountability within the force.
“Any politician that would attempt to gloss over these findings is doing a serious disservice to the public and the longer term interests of the Gardaí.