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'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…
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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.
# Penalty Points
‘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.
# Oireachtas agenda
Penalty points, parliamentary allowances and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…
# Whistleblower
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.
# Review 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.
# Review 2013
Lapgate, run Rabbitte, run and talking through her f***y - the political year in videos
All the best shouting, attention seeking and scandal caught on camera.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everybody’s talking about the bad weather, bankers charged with €7.2 billion fraud, and Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years in prison.
# Penalty Points
Public Accounts Committee to examine penalty points furore
The committee will use whistleblower information as starting point for probe of how penalty points are cancelled.
# Penalty Points
Committee should be 'unhindered' in investigating garda whistleblower files
The Public Accounts Committee has been asked to hand back files it has received alleging abuse of the penalty points system.
# Road Safety
127 arrests for suspicion of drink driving in the last week
The RSA has said that there were 4,095 penalty points issued in the last seven days.
# Penalty Points
A broken speedometer, a dying cow and a swarm of bees - how some people avoided penalty points
Nearly a quarter of penalty point notices in 2011 and 2012 were quashed, with some flimsy excuses being accepted.
# Penalty Points
Varadkar: We need another investigation into the penalty points controversy
“In a lot of cases they were explaining away penalty point terminations that to the reasonable person seemed a little bit unusual,” Leo Varadkar has said of the garda report into the cancellation of penalty points.
# Internal Garda Review
Whistleblower invites Taoiseach to discuss penalty points controversy
Garda “stands firm” on his claims and asks the Taoiseach to view his evidence.
# Penalty Points
TD: We didn't demonise those who had points cancelled by naming them in Dáil
Joan Collins has defended her naming of high-profile individuals who allegedly had penalty points cancelled in the Dáil chamber last December.
# Penalty Points
'Dysfunctional and flawed': TDs slam penalty points investigation
Mick Wallace, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Clare Daly and Joan Collins have criticised the reports into the practice of cancelling penalty points which largely cleared gardaí.
# Mick Wallace
Watch: Mick Wallace says he was the victim of an unlawful arrest
The independent TD was quizzed about a recently reported incident concerning his alleged arrest in September 2000 for directing traffic near a construction site he was working on.
# Penalty Points
No request for Ombudsman investigation from Oireachtas
The Garda Ombudsman Commission has not been asked to investigate the penalty points controversy by an Oireachtas committee, a spokesman has told
# No Confidence
Shatter survives Dáil motion of no confidence with 88-45 win
A government counter-motion supporting Shatter was passed easily in the Dáil this evening.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a mandatory prison sentence for uninsured drivers?
A new survey has shown that almost 7 per cent of people have had their vehicle damaged by an uninsured driver, so should the penalties be harsher?
# Whistleblowers
Greater protections for whistleblowers after penalty points furore
Eamon Gilmore said that legislation is currently being drawn up which will be put before government shortly.
# confidential
Communications between Callinan and Shatter are 'of a confidential nature'
Yesterday evening the justice minister said it was the Garda Commmissioner who informed him that Mick Wallace benefited from garda discretion.
# Penalty Points
Commissioner told Shatter about Mick Wallace's encounter with Gardaí
Opposition TDs have demanded to know how an unrecorded incident came to be known by the country’s top Garda.
# Penalty Points
Shatter: I made comments 'to defend the integrity of An Garda Síochána'
Here’s the full text of Alan Shatter’s Dáil explanation.
# Leaders' Questions
Should Alan Shatter resign over points furore? 'No,' insists the Taoiseach
Enda Kenny offers a loyal defence of Alan Shatter, as opposition TDs continue to call for the justice minister’s head.
# Penalty Points
Shatter to face questions in Dáil over Wallace row
The minister will make a statement this evening and will then open himself up to questions from the opposition.
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Wallace lodges complaint with data protection chief over Shatter remarks
The Wexford TD believes Shatter’s revealing of an encounter with Gardaí is an improper disclosure of sensitive records.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with soccer's next big talent*
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Penalty Points
Shatter: 'If Wallace is guilty of anything, it's hypocrisy'
The Minister made his first public comment today in the ongoing row over Deputy Mick Wallace and discretion used when he drove while using a mobile phone.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments?
As a row between Alan Shatter and Mick Wallace rumbles on, we ask was the Minister’s use of information appropriate?
# Penalty Points
Taoiseach backs Shatter in penalty points row with Wallace
The Wexford TD will lodge a complaint to the Standards in Public Office Commission today over comments made by the justice minister.
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with the best way to wake up a hangover victim
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Penalty Points
FG ministers back Shatter in penalty points comments row
Both Richard Bruton and Brian Hayes say Shatter’s comments added context to complaints about the penalty points inquiry.
# Penalty Points
Shatter called on to resign over Wallace penalty points row
Sinn Féin’s Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn also said it is “worrying” the Justice Minister mentioned the information on Prime Time.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added deer on a city bus
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Penalty Points
Wallace to lodge complaint against Shatter over penalty points allegation
The Wexford TD says the allegations made by Alan Shatter on live TV about an alleged motoring offence are unsubstantiated.
# Garda
Review of fixed penalty notice system recommended
The Comptroller General said that the system has not resulted in changed behaviour in motor tax compliance.