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Wednesday 22 March 2023

# Penalty Points

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# Penalty Points
Shatter: Prime Time remarks were "a mistake"
Alan Shatter says that he may appeal the Data Protection Commissioner’s findings.
# Penalty Points
'Shatter feels that he is above the law and should resign' - Wallace
Mick Wallace was named by Alan Shatter as having been cautioned by gardaí for using his phone while driving – an act that has been ruled as having broke the law.
# Your Say
Poll: Should double penalty points be applied during bank holiday weekends?
A similar rule already applies in Australia.
# put it away
Gardaí to begin nationwide crackdown on drivers using mobile phones
The national mobile phone operation will take place over the next two days, beginning tomorrow.
# Prime Numbers
Monorail, al-Qaeda, and Easter eggs: The week in numbers
Plus: How many Easter eggs are people planning to give tomorrow?
# GoSafe
Speed cameras record more than 7,000 hours of driving each month
There are 727 “speed enforcement zones” throughout the country.
Column: Why has it taken so long for the DPC to investigate Shatter's Prime Time comment?
It was almost a year ago that a complaint was made about the Minister for Justice telling Prime Time about Mick Wallace being cautioned by a garda over using his mobile phone while driving, writes William Campbell.
# credibility
Majority of Irish people don't trust ministers, TDs and business leaders
A third of people don’t trust gardaí but they still came out of the poll better than most other groups.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have confidence in An Garda Síochána?
Three quarters of the Irish public think its reputation has been damaged by recent controversies – do you have confidence in the force?
# Gardagate
Garda whistleblower: Alan Shatter's behaviour has been deplorable
In an interview on The Late Late Show, John Wilson questioned why fellow whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s access to the PULSE system is now being reviewed.
# fixed charges
'Motorists were wrongly fined' --- speed camera whistleblower
Alan Shatter says he’s pursuing claims detailed tonight on Prime Time with the new Garda Commissioner
Column: Pride, arrogance and the impotence of political leadership in GardaGate
This is the arrogant nature of permanent government. It gets too used to running the show and always being right, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Penalty Points
GSOC unsure if it can investigate claims a judge put pressure on whistleblower
GSOC said it is examining whether they can investigate the accusations under their remit.
# Gardagate
GardaGate: Here’s everything we learned today, what it means and the questions that remain
Here are the dozen things you need to know about the extraordinary events of the past few hours…
# Long Time Coming
Here's what whistleblower John Wilson thinks of Alan Shatter's apology
He says he’s glad the Minister corrected the record of the Dáil — and he’s calling for his former colleague Maurice McCabe to be allowed access to PULSE again.
# Penalty Points
"The arrogance of the Minister for Justice will be his downfall": Calls for Minister Shatter to quit
Several TDs have said that the Minister’s position is now untenable.
# Penalty Points
Gay Byrne: If Callinan had said sorry, this would have all passed by
The RSA Chairman said the former Garda Commissioner had ‘dug a hole and kept on digging’.
# garda commissioner
VIDEO: Here are the comments that led to Martin Callinan's resignation
The controversial comments were made at a Public Accounts Committee meeting on 23 January.
# Penalty Points
Minister: Garda whistleblowers should have their reputations reinstated
Fergus O’Dowd said he stood over his comments that “the whistleblowers did a fantastic job”.
# Penalty Points
Byrne "always treated with respect" by Callinan
The broadcaster had earlier called for the Garda Commissioner and Minister Shatter to apologise to the garda whistleblowers.
# Cabinet split
Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately
Ruairí Quinn has backed Labour colleagues calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks that two whistleblowers’ actions were “disgusting” just hours after the Taoiseach told ministers not to air their concerns in public.
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
Micheál Martin thinks Alan Shatter seems to have a huge problem saying: 'I got it wrong'
The Fianna Fáil leader has said that the Taoiseach is trying to shut down the controversy surrounding remarks made by the Garda Commissioner about two whistleblowers.
# Penalty Points
Garda whistleblowers' use of PULSE system criticised by Data Commissioner
The Garda Commissioner has said he shares the concerns “and I have expressed my disquiet about this publically on several occasions”.
# garda whistleblowers
The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark
Several government ministers have now called on the Garda Commissioner to withdraw his remarks that the actions of two garda whistleblowers were disgusting.
# garda whistleblowers
Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t
Leo Varadkar has said that Martin Callinan should withdraw remarks that the actions of two garda whistleblowers were “disgusting”.
# driverdistraction
Using a mobile while driving is comparable to driving drunk
That’s according to Gay Byrne who was speaking at the RSA’s annual conference today.
# buckle up
How did your county do when it comes to not wearing seatbelts?
The Road Safety Authority have released figures showing the number of drivers per county who were given penalty points for seatbelt offences.
# buckle up
Over 8,400 drivers caught not putting seatbelts on children
And an another terrible statistic from the RSA reveals that one in five people killed on our roads last year were not wearing their seatbelts.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everybody’s talking about the penalty points report, the airport strikes being called off and Rehab releasing more information.
# Penalty Points
Damning report finds “inconsistent and widespread” breaches of penalty points policy
The Garda Inspectorate’s report found “no meaningful evidence” of consistent quality management supervision, and no clear policy guidelines.
Callinan says he didn't call whistleblowers "disgusting"
The Garda Commissioner said that he was actually referring to the manner in which sensitive data appeared in the public domain.
# Garda Inspectorate
Garda Inspectorate praises 'credible' Maurice McCabe, says 'nobody was watching the store'
Garda Inspectorate chief inspector Robert Olson has shed more light on the damning findings in his report at a press conference in Dublin this evening.
# Whistleblower
Read the Garda Inspectorate’s damning penalty points report, in full
The Garda Inspectorate found “consistent and widespread breaches of policy” by those in charge of the penalty points system.
# Whistleblowers
'Do the honourable thing': Shatter told to apologise to Maurice McCabe
Micheál Martin said today’s Garda Inspectorate report into penalty points ‘vindicated’ whistleblowers.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everybody’s talking about Rehab Group salaries, the sad passing of Christine Buckley and the continuing search for the Malaysian Airlines plane.
# Whistleblower
Revamp of penalty points system requires new legislative measures, says Shatter
The Minister for Justice will address the Cabinet on the Garda Inspectorate report into the penalty points saga tomorrow.
# Election 2014
‘I’m up against it’: Garda whistleblower to run in local elections
The former garda’s revelations about penalty-point terminations in 2012 are now the subject of an official inquiry.
# Gardaí
Oliver Connolly: I’ve been subjected to a concentrated attack by certain TDs
Connolly was relieved of his duties as Garda Confidential Recipient by Justice Minister Alan Shatter in February and his made his first public comment on the matter today.
# Serious allegations
In full: Alan Shatter’s statement to the Dáil on the garda whistleblower claims
The Minister for Justice has made a statement in the Dáil this morning.
# Dáil
WATCH: 'This place is a joke, we play games in here' - Mick Wallace slams Shatter
The independent TD launched a scathing attack on the Minister in the Dáil today.