Garda scandal

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Claims of pressure on gardaí rejected by management

Senior gardai have denied they knew of the widescale falsification of alcohol breath test data, contradicting claims by rank-and-file gardaí that management applied pressure to inflate figures.

Nobody censured over fake breath test scandal

Not one garda has been disciplined over the bogus alcohol breath test scandal despite the force admitting it inaccurately recorded some 6.4m tests at one stage.

Questions that can no longer be sidestepped over Stepaside station

A suspicious mind might conclude there were too many coincidences involved in the decision to reopen Stepaside station, writes Special Correspondent Michael Clifford.

Michael Clifford: Old-fashioned stroke that undermines our police force

Yesterday’s hearing at the Public Accounts Committee should set off alarm bells for anybody interested in policing, writes Michael Clifford.

Dónall Ó Cualáin apologises over controversial garda station re-opening report

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin has apologised to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over the release of a report into the controvesial re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station.

‘Culture of expectation’ to keep breath test figures high in gardaí

A Policing Authority report on the breath test scandal is due to say there was a “culture of expectation” in the force to keep figures high.

‘Give names’ of those responsible for faking breath test figures, says Acting Commissioner

Acting Commissioner Donal Ó Cualáin has called on frontline members who claim they were pressurised by managers into faking breath test figures to “give names” of those responsible.

Charlie Flanagan wants ‘all the skeletons’ out of Garda closet

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said he wants “all the skeletons” out of the Garda cupboards.

Latest: Justice Minister wants 'skeletons out of all the cupboards' in An Garda Síochána

Update 1pm: Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin has paid tribute to the outgoing Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and her focus on modernising the Force.

Role for civilians in managing gardaí, says Policing Commission chair

Civilian experts should make up a “good portion” of a new garda management team, the head of the Policing Commission has said.

Gardaí urged by Micheál Martin to produce evidence they were pushed to fake breath tests

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has called on rank-and file gardaí to produce evidence that they were pushed by senior management to fake alcohol breath tests.

Gardaí urged to submit information about false breath tests to Assistant Commissioner and Policing Authority

An Garda Síochána has today issued an appeal for information in relation to false breath tests.

GRA on false breath tests: ‘Our members will not be scapegoated for ill-considered policies’

The GRA has described the collation of false breath-test data as an “ill-considered misuse of scant resources”.

Justice Minister promises zero-tolerance approach to 'unacceptable practices' in An Garda Siochana

Up to 1,000 gardaí could be investigated over the recent breath test controversy.

Latest: Garda Commissioner still has government's confidence, says Taoiseach

Latest: The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Garda Commissioner still has his confidence, despite a damning report on the breath testing scandal.

Gardaí spend thousands on 'coaching' for appearances before Dáil committees

“Coaching” sessions for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and for other senior officers to deal with Oireachtas committees were among €140,000 worth of PR services paid for by the taxpayer.

Garda Ombudsman to hire outside experts in Garda account fraud probe

The Garda Ombudsman (Gsoc) is set to bring in outside financial investigators and take on more staff to carry out a probe into suspected fraudulent activity involving a secret Garda account.

Nóirín O’Sullivan's future unsure as Varadkar to 'demand accountability' from Gardaí if elected

Leo Varadkar has issued a thinly veiled threat at Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, saying people losing their jobs over scandals “needs to happen a little bit more in the public sector”.

Clare Daly obtains documents that she claims proves Gardaí knew true number of breath tests

A TD says she has new evidence proving that Gardaí must have known about the true number of roadside breath tests three years ago.

Templemore: PAC hears 'if Austin Powers had shown up... he wouldn't have known it was a different time period'

Latest: The head of internal audit in the Gardaí says he does have confidence in the current Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan and Deputy Commissioner Dónal O'Cualáin.

'Incredible' that mobile phone belonging to Garda Commissioner has gone missing

The tribunal investigating an alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has encountered a setback.

Mick Wallace claims Kathleen O'Toole 'was part of the problem' in the Gardaí

The head of the new Policing Commission has been accused of being part of the problems in the force.

Head of police commission: Current garda management inherited 'poisoned chalice'

“I think we need to get beyond the finger-pointing and the name-calling."

'Extremely disturbing': Justice Minister compares Fianna Fáil to Donald Trump

The Justice Minister has compared Fianna Fáil's position on the Garda Commissioner to Donald Trump's sacking of the FBI director.

Fianna Fáil warned Tánaiste's future is not up to them

A senior Government Minister has warned Fianna Fáil they can't decide the Tánaiste's future.

Former commissioners could be hauled before committee over Garda college financial scandal

Former Garda commissioners including Martin Callinan could be hauled before a powerful Dáil committee over the Garda college financial scandal due to the scale of the crisis.

Latest: Howlin says confidence is expressed in Garda Commissioner with 'increasing reluctance'

Latest: Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said members of the Government are expressing confidence in the Garda Commissioner with "increasing reluctance".

Alan Kelly calls on FF to 'march into Taoiseach’s office' to demand resignation of Garda Commissioner

Labour TD Alan Kelly has today called on Fianna Fáil to “do the right thing” and withdraw support for the Government.

Fresh calls for Garda Commissioner to resign after more contradictions of her evidence to PAC

There are fresh calls for the Garda Commissioner to resign this afternoon, after more contradictions of her evidence to the Public Accounts Committee.

Kathleen O'Toole to chair Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland

The former head of the Garda Inspectorate, Kathleen O'Toole, is to chair the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

Frances Fitzgerald tells Garda superintendents 'you have a clear role to play in this'

Garda superintendents have been told they are responsible for what goes on on their watch.

'Incredibly dangerous' to sack Garda Commissioner

The Government has been warned it would be 'incredibly dangerous' to sack the Garda Commissioner.

Latest: Watch as Garda Commissioner is met with eerie silence at AGSI conference

Latest: The Garda Commissioner says either Gardaí put in breathalyser numbers wrong or counted them wrong.

Garda body slam no-show by Frances Fitzgerald at time of 'crisis' in the force

Mid-ranking gardaí have launched a scathing attack on Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald over her failure to attend their annual conference at a time of “crisis” in the force — and are set to have a cut at the Garda commissioner when she arrives later today.

Fianna Fáil motion proposes call for Garda Commissioner to step down

Fianna Fáil is calling for an independent review of whether the Garda Commissioner should be removed from her job.