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#Penalty Points

# penalty-points - Thursday 26 December, 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.

# penalty-points - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

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.

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 - Friday 22 November, 2013

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.

# penalty-points - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

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 - Monday 30 September, 2013

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 - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

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.

# penalty-points - Friday 7 June, 2013

The 9 at 9: Friday

We’ve almost arrived at the weekend. But before we get there, here are nine things you should know.

Whistleblower invites Taoiseach to discuss penalty points controversy Exclusive

Garda “stands firm” on his claims and asks the Taoiseach to view his evidence.

# penalty-points - Saturday 1 June, 2013

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 - Thursday 30 May, 2013

'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.

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.

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

# penalty-points - Wednesday 29 May, 2013

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.

# penalty-points - Monday 27 May, 2013

Poll: Should there be a mandatory prison sentence for uninsured drivers? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

# penalty-points - Wednesday 22 May, 2013

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.

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 - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

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.

Shatter: I made comments 'to defend the integrity of An Garda Síochána'

Here’s the full text of Alan Shatter’s Dáil explanation.

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.

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.

# penalty-points - Monday 20 May, 2013

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.

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Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

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.

Poll: Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

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.

# penalty-points - Sunday 19 May, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with the best way to wake up a hangover victim

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

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 - Saturday 18 May, 2013

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.

# penalty-points - Friday 17 May, 2013

The Evening Fix... now with added deer on a city bus

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

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.

Review of fixed penalty notice system recommended

The Comptroller General said that the system has not resulted in changed behaviour in motor tax compliance.

# penalty-points - Thursday 16 May, 2013

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Callinan "has no axe to grind" with penalty points whistleblowers

The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee questioned the Garda Commissioner on the recent report on the quashing of penalty points.

# penalty-points - Wednesday 15 May, 2013

The Evening Fix... now with added epic beards

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Video: Shatter says TDs playing 'silly political games' over penalty points Tensions This post contains videos

Video: Shatter says TDs playing 'silly political games' over penalty points

The Minister for Justice also spoke about why he is backing a law which could see mobile phone networks shut down during the G8 summit.

Gardaí should be able to quash penalty points for 'humanitarian reasons'

A report into the controversy around Gardaí breaking the rules around cancelling penalty points has suggested some changes to the system.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Shatter versus Ming: Justice Minister takes aim at 'self-serving' TD

The Minister for Justice says Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan cancelled a meeting with Gardaí who were investigating the cancellation of his penalty points.

Three 'possible breaches' identified in penalty points report

Anonymous allegations made about possible garda corruption were found to be unsubstantiated.