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Garda Commissioner rubbishes claims that crime figures are 'massaged'

Martin Callinan said he had “no information or evidence of the allegations being spoken about” by John Parker.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE GARDA COMMISSIONER has responded to allegations made by the Garda Representative Association President that crime figures are being altered and that crimes are not being registered correctly.

John Parker said that cutbacks were having a serious effect on Gardaí work, particularly having less than adequate transport which he described as “lawnmowers”, according to RTÉ News.

It comes as the Central Statistics Office recorded a reduction in crime over the past two years in Ireland.

The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he had “no information or evidence of the allegations being spoken about” by Mr Parker.

Mr Callinan is now calling on Garda Parker “to clarify his position and provide any information or evidence he has concerning this matter”.

He added that he wanted to “assure the public that all crimes reported to the Gardaí will be fully and thoroughly investigated and where possible offenders will be brought to justice”.

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