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Gardaí: 'There were issues with how some homicides were classified'

Deputy Commissisioner John Twomey stressed all of these deaths were fully investigated.

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GARDA MANAGEMENT HAS admitted there were ‘minor issues’ with the classification of some homicides.

After the news of the one million phantom breath tests on the Pulse system broke last month, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said figures relating to homicide and incidents of domestic violence would also be examined.

Now management has said this examination did identify issues with the classification of homicides, but stressed this does not mean these deaths were not properly investigated.

Speaking at the Garda Representative Association’s annual delegate conference in Salthill, Co Galway, Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said a review of 41 deaths had recently been completed.

“I want to assure all members of the public that every death is treated seriously and every death has been investigated as is required,” he said.

Data control and the oversight of investigations is an ongoing daily practice. We looked at 41 and we are happy that the investigation… There was a proper and full investigation into each and every one of those.

Twomey told reporters “there are some minor issues in relation to the classification” of these crimes on the system.

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He said management would continue to do an ongoing assessment of the classification of homicide incidents and all of the data quality issues surrounding this.

“We are absolutely satisfied that there was a full, proper investigation into each and every one of these deaths,” Twomey said.

He said he wanted to reassure the public, and in particular the families involved that the organisation treats all of these deaths with the seriousness they deserve.

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