Breaking down the penalty points fiasco

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has been vindicated by the Garda Inspectorate's report, but serious questions remain about Garda behaviour, writes Michael Brennan.

16th March, 2014
On the road again? As part of the overhaul of the system, Garda management are taking part in a working group Pictures: Collins

The Garda Inspectorate's report into the penalty points system has been hailed as a vindication for garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

While previous internal garda reports sought to downplay the problems with the system, which has been in place since 2002, the Inspectorate condemned it as a ''technically deficient, managerially uncoordinated, inefficient and excessively resourced support system.

And Seamus McCarthy, the Comptroller and Auditor General, warned the Public Accounts Committee last week that the public was...

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