Time To Draw A Line Under Breath Test Scandal Says Clare Joint Policing Committee Chair

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The Chair of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee says it’s time to draw a line under the fake breath test scandal and move on.

It comes as Head of the Clare Garda Division is investigating 20 sample cases, after a recent report on the matter found there had been 45,000 fake breath tests recorded here.

Clare FM’s James Mulhall reports:


According to reports published by the Policing Authority and the Gardaí themselves, there were more falsified breath tests in the Clare division than the national average.

In all there were 45,000 fake tests recorded, meaning there were more false breath tests than actual ones.

Chief Superintendent John Kerin says there is no excuse for what has happened – and that they’ve a tough task ahead.

Chief Supt Kerin is personally examining 20 sample cases and will report back to the acting Garda Commissioner on the scandal here.

He has discovered that 350 fake breath tests were recorded at seven checkpoints in particular.

His comments came at yesterday’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee in Kilrush, but the Chair of that Committee now thinks a line should be drawn under the matter.

Ennis Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard is confident in the due process – but says it should never have happened in the first place.