A breath of scandal

The massive falsification by gardaí of the number of breath tests, along with other revelations about the use of funds in Templemore and misgivings about promotions, may seal the fate of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

2nd April, 2017
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Until last November, gardaí did not have to record the number of tests carried out at a checkpoint Picture: Andres Poveda

When Nóirín O’Sullivan swapped Garda HQ for Harvard University, she studied a week-long course to improve her management skills.

The Driving Government Performance course in the famous Cambridge, Massachusetts university currently costs a handsome $8,500 (€7,955). Garda managers have their fees for such courses paid for.

Like many management school courses, the curriculum is all about setting targets for staff to perform better. The course brochure boasts that leaders will...

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