Internal Investigation finds more discrepancies in Garda Breathalyser figures.


An internal Garda investigation is currently underway and has already noted a high number of false breath tests.

Internal Investigation finds more discrepancies in Garda Breathalyser figures.

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An internal Garda investigation is currently underway and has already noted a high number of false breath tests.

The investigation is currently ongoing and has already found that Garda members were exaggerating figures. This could see some members facing disciplinary action.

The investigation was launched after reports emerged of Garda members recording false breath tests. This led to the finding of over 500,000 tests not carried out. The Garda Commissioner was then informed of false tests and began her investigation.

Reports say that some Gardaí were exaggerating figures by as much as 300%. Some of the contributing factors to these false tests were given as misinterpretation of policy, system and IT errors and failures of governance. The report found that over 1.5 million of tests had been recorded incorrectly. This represents half a million more than what was previously thought.

Incidents of Gardaí making up figures were also found during the investigation. Investigations by the Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan, are ongoing, with the official report yet to be published. Nóirín recommenced her investigation on Monday, after a five week leave of absence.

Dublin West was reported to have had the highest number of false tests, while Wicklow had the lowest. A separate report carried out by the commissioner found that over 14,000 people had been wrongly committed of traffic offences, during the same 7 year period.

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