Varad­kar raps of­fi­cers’ breath test report snub

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY DEB­O­RAH MCALEESE

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.

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