Justice Minister Addresses Garda Conference

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The Justice Minister’s admitted that there’s no money in this year’s budget to compensate the people who received 14,700 wrongful convictions.

An Garda Siochana have committed to reimbursing those who were fined, and to removing the convictions.

Meanwhile the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has passed a motion calling for mandatory counseling for Garda attending traumatic incidents.


The recent revelation there were almost 15 thousand wrongful convictions for motoring offences has dominated the annual conference of mid-ranking Garda, and the AGSI called on the Commissioner to right that wrong.

An Garda Siochana is in the process of writing to all those involved, saying they’ll be reimbursed and have the penalties removed

Minister Frances Fitzgerald admitted they’ve no idea how much the compensation will cost, and there’s no money in this year’s Justice budget for it.

As the conference continues in Blarney, several motions have been adopted, including calling on the Minister to make it mandatory for cyclists to wear helmets and high-vis vests.

And they want mandatory counseling for Garda involved in traumatic incidents.