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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Breath tests

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# Happy Christmas
Santa gets the all clear to enter Irish airspace
Santa’s sleigh has been checked for air worthiness.
# Roads policing
Senior traffic garda singles out gardaí he believes aren't issuing enough fines
Management has been accused of “going down a dangerous road” if it is judging performance purely based on these statistics.
# Breath Testing
'Significant concern' over lack of breath testing at scenes of fatal crashes
The authority has outlined a series of concerns about how the force operates.
# Breath tests
Commissioner confirms no gardaí will be disciplined over breath test scandal
O Cualáin said reviewing all 505,730 calls made by gardaí to log breath test data would take a number of years.
# Analysis
Two investigations later, there's no assurance garda scandals will not happen again
It is time now for the finger-pointing to stop and for that culture shift we’ve been hearing about for years to begin.
# representative body
Garda Superintendent says new report of 400,000 more falsified breath tests 'could be described as a guesstimate'
The report published yesterday details how and why checkpoints were faked.
# policing authority
Gardaí reported fake checkpoints - and falsified 400k more breath checks than previously thought
Gardaí are having their fingers rapped over breath tests again – this time by the Policing Authority.
# Gardaí
'Is it non-compliance, or just lack of capacity?' - Policing Authority unsure of competence of Garda management
Chairperson of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily was in front of the Oireachtas Justice Committee this morning.
# policing authority
Fianna Fáil says investigating 1.4m fake breath tests would be inconclusive and expensive
Jim O’Callaghan said investigating such a large number of cases would “cost a huge amount of money”.
# Your Say
Poll: Would taking disciplinary action against gardaí over fake breath tests be 'a waste of time'?
Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan has suggested that attempting to prosecute individual gardaí would be an exercise in futility.
# Blame Game
Breath test scandal: Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to be 'scapegoated for ill-conceived policies'
The Garda Representative Association hit out at management, claiming the debacle is “entirely of their own making”.
# huff and puff
'People saw it as toxic': Why just seven gardaí made submissions to the breath test probe
Many members of the force felt senior gardaí had already made their mind up about who was to blame.
# An Garda Síochána
Someone should be held accountable for false breath tests - but not yet, says government
A report found that there was a 71% gap between the breath test figures recorded on Pulse, and the actual tests carried out.
# Breath tests
County breakdown: 385% more breath tests entered in PULSE in Tipperary than actually carried out
A garda report into alcohol testing has found a difference of over 1.4 million between the number of tests counted and those actually carried out.
# Caught Out
Fresh calls for Garda Commissioner to step down after latest revelations about false breath tests
Questions are being raised after 500,000 more false garda breath tests have been found.
# looking well guards
A new survey commissioned by An Garda Síochána says 92% of people trust the force
The figures will now be released every quarter.
# policing authority
Gardaí reveal 89 homicides over 14 years were not counted due to 'process issue'
In some cases, only one victim was counted even though multiple people were killed.
# Templemore
Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired
She has faced increasing pressure in recent months following a string of controversies.
# policing authority
'This was weak practice' - Garda Commissioner says it's 'too early' to say what caused breath tests scandal
O’Sullivan is making her first appearance in front of the Policing Authority since the scandal concerning Garda breath tests first broke.
# data issues
Gardaí: 'There were issues with how some homicides were classified'
Deputy Commissisioner John Twomey stressed all of these deaths were fully investigated.
# Breath tests
Commissioner: 'Either gardaí can't count accurately or someone's been making figures up'
Garda management will present an interim report on the breath test scandal to the Policing Authority this week.
# Blame Game
Gardaí on breath test scandal: 'It's not collective responsibility, it's a management issue'
The head of the Garda Representative Association said the role of managers is to ensure lower ranks are properly supervised.
# Breath tests
Just under half of people have confidence in the gardaí
There has been added scrutiny on An Garda Síochána in recent times.
# agsi17
'People are blaming us': Gardaí say scandals are making it harder for them to do their jobs
The general secretary of AGSI said “the finger of blame is pointing downwards without any evidence”.
# follow the money
How were the 150,000 garda hours for phantom breath tests accounted for?
The former Nothern Ireland police ombudsman said it is “mind-boggling” that this could have happened.
# Breath tests
Former garda: Scandal down to sloppy practice, management's insatiable appetite for figures
Colin Connolly said he had hoped for change when Nóirín O’Sullivan took over but this just never happened.
# Breath tests
Confusion over last-minute change in leadership of new garda probe
The lack of clarity about who was involved in the internal investigation was highlighted by TD Mick Wallace when he questioned the Commissioner this week.
# Scandal
Questions, unanswered: Scandals are 'at best, incompetence and, at worst, deception'
Although many questions were asked, few were answered.
# He said she said
Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of garda scandal after press conference
There have been tense exchanges in the chamber this evening.
# questions unanswered
'We have confidence in the Commissioner': Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil divided over garda scandal
Sinn Féin has called a no-confidence motion in Nóirín O’Sullivan to be voted on next week in the Dáil.
# Breath tests
Alerted to breath test discrepancy in 2014, gardaí just stopped ordering mouthpieces
The issue was raised a second time in 2015 after the Medical Bureau of Road Safety did its own survey of the devices.
# Breath tests
An open and transparent garda briefing full of unanswered questions
The Commissioner told reporters yesterday she had heard the “disquiet” around the force’s latest scandal.
# untenable
Mícheál Martin withdraws party support for Nóirín O'Sullivan
Fianna Fáil withdraw their support for the Garda Commissioner Nóiríon O’Sullivan.
# The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
All the day’s news, and the bits and pieces you may have missed…