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#Penalty Points

# penalty-points - Monday 24 February, 2014

Government using 'spin and obfuscation' to delay whistleblower apology - Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says the Government is purposely trying to introduce confusion.

# penalty-points - Friday 21 February, 2014

‘Alan Shatter is somebody who does a very good job’: Cabinet support for embattled minister

Meanwhile, Pat Rabbitte has said that the Shatter “may have been mistaken” when he told the Dáil last year that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe had not cooperated.

# penalty-points - Thursday 20 February, 2014

Explainer: Why is Alan Shatter under pressure – and will he survive? explores the background to the current controversy surrounding the Justice Minister, the questions that remain and what’s likely to happen next.

# penalty-points - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

Martin says material sent to Taoiseach concerns 'abduction, assault and ultimately murder'

The Fianna Fáil leader has also said that he does not believe Alan Shatter’s position as Justice Minister is tenable.

Alan Shatter has sacked the garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly

Connolly was relieved of his duties by the Justice Minister this morning, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil.

# penalty-points - Thursday 13 February, 2014

PAC will ask another Dáil committee if it can release the garda whistleblower transcript

“There is nothing in this transcript that’s going to change the world or blow our minds,” the Public Accounts Committee heard this morning.

# penalty-points - Sunday 9 February, 2014

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your Sunday…

Shane Ross insists: 'I'm not looking for or hiding from publicity'

The independent TD now appears determined to force the issue of giving a garda whistleblower a transcript of his evidence to a vote at a PAC meeting next week.

# penalty-points - Friday 7 February, 2014

Mary Lou: 'There's no reason why whistleblower transcript shouldn't be in public domain'

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said she is “very, very troubled” by the opposition among PAC members to releasing a transcript of testimony given by a garda sergeant to the committee last week.

# penalty-points - Thursday 6 February, 2014

More tensions at the PAC as Shane Ross accused of “insatiable thirst for publicity”

Two PAC members have formally requested that the PAC again consider the issue of releasing a transcript of garda whistleblower’s testimony. Ross was today accused of being more interested in “getting on the six o’clock news” than pursuing the truth.

TD claims that evidence from garda whistleblower was 'debunked'

The PAC says it will not give Sergeant Maurice McCabe a copy of his evidence, as he requested.

# penalty-points - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Garda Ombudsman to have direct access to PULSE system

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, the Justice Minister noted that access to the system is supervised by two seconded superintendents.

# penalty-points - Thursday 30 January, 2014

‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’

Sergeant Maurice McCabe gave evidence to TDs for three hours in a behind closed doors session today.

PAC will keep audio of garda whistleblower hearing - but no transcript

Member of the Public Accounts Committee queried what record will be kept of their private meeting with a serving Garda sergeant later today.

Pylons, penalty points, plain packaging ... and everything else happening in Leinster House today

What’s going on down on Kildare Street? Well, you asked…

The 9 at 9: Thursday

We’re almost at the weekend (not to mention, finished with January). Here’s the nine things you need to know…

Garda whistleblower will speak to PAC today...but you won't be able to watch

Garda sergeant Maurice McCabe will speak to TDs in private session later today.

# penalty-points - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Callinan: Not in public interest to stop garda whistleblower appearing before PAC

The Garda Commissioner has dropped his threat of possible legal action as the Public Accounts Committee prepares to hear from a serving sergeant tomorrow afternoon.

# penalty-points - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

‘The work of the PAC is not finished’: Whistleblower to give evidence behind closed doors

The committee has decided, without a vote, to press ahead with plans to hear from serving garda sergeant this Thursday.

Government tells PAC to cooperate with Garda Ombudsman investigation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that their investigation would be ‘starting soon’.

PAC may hold rare vote as government TDs say penalty points inquiry should be stopped

Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the penalty points controversy last night in light of recent developments.

Column: Shatter's focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegations

The investigation into the penalty point controversy is minimising the independence of the Garda Ombudsman: the body won’t have autonomous access to the PULSE system or any remit to examine the Commissioner’s role, writes Mick Wallace TD.

Shatter: 'I'm not trying to silence whisteblowers'

The Justice Minister stressed that he has full confidence in the Gardaí to co-operate with an Ombudsman investigation.

We'll find out later today if a serving garda sergeant will appear before the PAC

But Maurice McCabe’s possible appearance before members of the Public Accounts Committee could yet end-up in the courts.

# penalty-points - Monday 27 January, 2014

Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue

The Minister has also hit out at a “minority” of PAC members whose comments “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility”.

PAC to take legal advice on continuing penalty points examination

It is to hold a private meeting tomorrow to discuss the news that the Ombudsman is to probe the penalty points issue.

Ombudsman investigation into gardaí will be 'wide-ranging'

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan says that the Garda Ombudsman’s probe was vital to maintain public trust in the force.

'We cannot do all the work': PAC's growing prominence leads to tensions among members

An ambulance chaser or an indispensable public spending watchdog? The Public Accounts Committee’s work and role is coming under increasing scrutiny from its own members.

# penalty-points - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Whistleblower wants an independent inquiry into penalty points allegations

John Wilson asked “who has the right to terminate four speeding tickets in one day?”.

# penalty-points - Friday 24 January, 2014

TDs divided on whether PAC should hear from garda whistleblowers publicly

Even if the Public Accounts Committee is able to hear from the whistleblowers it is not clear whether this will happen in public or private session.

Poll: Should the garda whistleblowers be brought before the PAC? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the garda whistleblowers be brought before the PAC?

The Garda Commissioner is reluctant to have the whistleblowers appear in front of the committee, but government ministers want answers.

# penalty-points - Thursday 23 January, 2014

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

'The facts as I know them': 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan's evidence to the PAC

The Garda Commissioner spent five hours giving evidence to TDs on the Public Accounts Committee today. Here’s what he told them…

Callinan: Whistleblowers’ penalty points allegations are ‘quite disgusting’

The Garda Commissioner has said he will take legal advice over the appearance of two garda whistleblowers before the PAC over the penalty points controversy.

‘Where is the national scandal here?’: Callinan defends garda handling of penalty points

The Garda Commissioner is appearing before TDs on the Public Accounts Committee at Leinster House today.

Penalty points, parliamentary allowances and everything else happening in Leinster House today

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

Garda Commissioner to face tough questioning on penalty points

An Oireachtas committee is attempting to get to the bottom of how and why some motorists had penalty points cancelled.

# penalty-points - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day.

# penalty-points - Saturday 28 December, 2013

The day Enda got a political wallop and 7 other moments that defined the political year

Promissory note gone, abortion legislated for, the Seanad retained, and the bailout exited – here are few key moments from the past 12 months.