Garda Commissioner Faces Motion Of No Confidence

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The Garda Commissioner is meeting the Tánaiste and Justice Minister as the crisis over breath tests continues.

Nóirín O’Sullivan’s under increasing pressure to give a detailed account of data errors that could see penalty points having to be wiped.


Pressure’s mounting on the Garda Commission to step aside from her position, on account of the latest controversy to hit the force.

Sinn Féin has published a motion of no confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan today following revelations that errors could see thousands of people have their penalty points wiped.

While figures for breath tests have been found to be vastly overestimated.

The party’s Justice spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien says she needs to go.

Fianna Fáil and other parties have demanded a full explanation from the Commissioner, but the Government has said it has confidence in Noirín O’Sullivan.

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar believes she is part of the solution and not the problem.

The Head of the Clare Garda Division has echoed that sentiment.

Chief Superintendent John Kerin says that in his opinion, it’s both disappointing and disheartening to see good work of Gardaí being eroded by such controversies.

Despite this, he wants to see the Commissioner to remain on in her position, saying it will take a number of years to deal with historic issues in the force.