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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# Penalty Points

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# Garda
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.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added epic beards
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# tensions
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Penalty Points
Three 'possible breaches' identified in penalty points report
Anonymous allegations made about possible garda corruption were found to be unsubstantiated.
# Penalty Points
Names to be redacted in garda report on quashed penalty points
The report is to be published by the Minister for Justice later today.
# United Kingdom
Disgraced former minister and ex-wife released from prison early
Former UK cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were released from prison this morning and have to wear electronic tags.
# car insurance
Survey shows differences of over €1,000 between car insurance quotes
The National Consumer Agency said that they “strongly urge motorists” to get a number of quotes before committing.
# Penalty Points
Anything but Hunky Dory for Drogheda as Saints snatch late win
Killian Brennan’s 92nd minute penalty briefly put St Patrick’s Athletic joint-top of the league.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: How Ireland has some of the fittest fat kids in the world and why the axing of Communion grants is ‘worse than the famine’.
# Penalty Points
TD says delay sending correction letter meant wife got his penalty points
Andrew Doyle says a letter asserting that he was the speeding driver, and not his wife, arrived too late with the authorities.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: The country is ‘fraped’ with snow; Pope Francis feels let down by Ming Flanagan; horsemeat scandal neigh fair to the rich?
# Dáil Technical Group
Ming points controversy 'damages reputation of independents' - Joan Collins
Joan Collins was one of four TDs, including Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who highlighted the issue of penalty points being quashed. She said revelations about ‘Ming’ will impact on the reputation of independent deputies.
# Penalty Points
Junior minister says Ming's behaviour is 'despicable and hypocritical'
Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan told of her own penalty points, and why she has no “sympathy whatsoever” for Deputy Flanagan.
# Penalty Points
Roscommon county manager will take ‘all necessary steps’ to protect name after Ming's Dáil comments
Frank Dawson says he assumes he is the official Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan had referred to, and rejects the TD’s claims.
Column: 'Ming' case demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of parliamentary privilege
The that fact a garda believes TDs are exempt from penalty points, and a TD evidently agreed, shows a basic misunderstanding of the purpose of parliamentary privilege, writes Eoin O’Malley.
# Penalty Points
Wallace: Ming should have accepted quashed penalty points
The Wexford TD says, however, that Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s actions don’t change the ‘bigger issue’ of systematic termination.
# Penalty Points
Ming: I want my penalty points back
The Dáil deputy described what led up to him not receiving penalty points or a fine though he was caught by gardaí driving while on a mobile phone on two occasions.
# Penalty Points
Flanagan to address Dáil amid claims he denied penalty points were wiped
The independent TD was asked if he had penalty points wiped from his licence last December but denied he had. He intends to address the Dáil this evening.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added overly attached puppy
Here are all the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Penalty Points
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan to 'tell all' about wiping of penalty points from his licence
Flanagan said gardaí contacted him offering to remove the points from his record.
# Penalty Points
Shatter: 'Difficult not to throw up' listening to Ming on Gardaí
The justice minister did little to hide his annoyance in the Dáil today when asked about the penalty points inquiry.
# Insurance
Insurance companies to have full access to drivers' offences
The measures mean that insurance companies will be able to take serious offences into account when applying a loading on an insurance policy for penalty points.
# Your Say
Poll: Should insurers be able to access details of drivers' road offences?
New measures will allow insurers to access information on the reasons for drivers incurring penalty points, a move expected to push up premiums. What do you think?
# Penalty Points
TDs call for public inquiry over quashed penalty points
They also revealed details of four incidents where drivers who had allegedly had penalty point offences quashed were later involved in fatal accidents.
# need to know
The Evening with added raccoon called Rocky
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Penalty Points
TD claims sports star and journalist had penalty points cancelled
People Before Profit TD Joan Collins has used parliamentary privilege to reveal the names of an Irish sports star and journalist who allegedly had penalty points struck-off their licence.
# Road Safety
New Road Traffic Bill includes specific ban on texting while driving
The bill also introduces a Novice Driver category for people in their first two years after qualification.
# Penalty Points
Shatter: Allegations on penalty points concern only 'small minority' of cases
The justice minister says fewer than 300 alleged driving offences are being questioned, out of a total of almost 1.5 million.
# need to know
The Evening with added heartbreaking dog rescue stories
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Penalty Points
Garda Commissioner: Investigation into penalty points cancellations will be 'rigorous'
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said there was “no question” that a culture of non-enforcement of penalties was being tolerated by the Gardaí.
# Penalty Points
ULA TDs name judge whose penalty points were allegedly terminated
A garda and a sergeant have reportedly blown the whistle on the practice of penalty points on drivers’ licences being terminated inappropriately for some high-profile figures.