Varadkar raps officers’ breath test report snub
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he is disappointed rank-and-file gardai have rejected the findings of a report into the breath test scandal. He added the position of the Garda Representative Association reinforces a change of attitude and culture within the force is needed. The GRA, which represents 10,500 members, claimed the breath test scandal was “entirely” the fault of management and warned they would not be “scapegoated”. However, Mr Varadkar criticised its refusal to accept the findings of the report into the scandal. Speaking on RTE’S Morning Ireland from a Fine Gael party think-in at Clonmel, Co Tipperary, he added: “I am disappointed by that stance. You can’t change what you do until you start accepting that some things you did in the past are wrong.” The report investigated the falsification of breath test figures and the wrongful conviction of 14,500 people for motoring offences.