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Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Luke Ming Flanagan and Joan Collins have led calls for a public inquiry into the quashing of penalty points. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland
Penalty Points

Names to be redacted in garda report on quashed penalty points

The report is to be published by the Minister for Justice later today.

A REPORT INTO the practice of some gardaí quashing penalty points on some drivers’ licences is to be published later today but the names of those who had penalty points cancelled and the gardaí involved will be redacted.

The report by assistant garda commissioner, John O’Mahoney, is expected to be published by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at around 3pm or 4pm this afternoon.

RTÉ says the report will show that there is no evidence of garda corruption or that there was widespread deletion of penalty points by gardaí as had been claimed by a garda whistleblower and subsequently a number of independent TDs.

Dublin TD Joan Collins used parliamentary privilege to name a sports star, a journalist and a judge who she claimed had had penalty points inappropriately quashed by gardaí with her colleague Clare Daly describing a “a culture out there of writing off penalty points”.

However, Shatter said that the investigation had shown that only a small number of points had been written off in proportion to the number of offences incurred over a three year period.

Read: Ming points controversy ‘damages reputation of independents’ – Joan Collins

Read: TD says delay sending correction letter meant wife got his penalty points

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