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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.

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THIS MORNING, FIANNA Fáil spokesperson on justice Jim O’Callaghan has described the idea of disciplining individual gardaí over the fake breath test scandal as being an exercise in futility.

Quoted in the Sunday Times, O’Callaghan said that it is “highly unlikely” that gardaí will be disciplined as, given over 1.4 million false tests were recorded, the sheer magnitude of the cases involved suggest that faking tests was widespread “practice” as opposed to anything that could be pinned on an individual.

O’Callaghan, who suggests that focus would be better applied by ensuring that the information gardaí disseminate to the public is accurate going forward, is directly at odds with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the issue, who has said that there should be individual accountability for anyone found to have faked a test.

But who do you agree with?

We’re asking: Would taking disciplinary action against gardaí over fake breath tests be ‘a waste of time’?

Poll Results:

Yes (3020)
No (2791)
Yes, but it should happen anyway (2441)
I don't know (159)

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