Garda Síochána and breath tests

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – The Garda Rep­re­sen­ta­tive As­so­ci­a­tion po­si­tion with re­spect to false breath-tests ap­pears to be that its mem­bers were act­ing un­der duress and sim­ply fol­low­ing or­ders.

First, as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive body with di­rect min­is­te­rial ac­cess, why did the GRA not deal with what were clearly il­le­gal or­ders?

Sec­ond, did its mem­bers have the ca­pac­ity to make a moral choice in re­la­tion to their ac­tions?

The prin­ci­ple of eth­i­cal rec­i­proc­ity de­mands that those who en­joy rights must also pro­tect the rights of oth­ers. – Yours, etc,

ROBERT STRUNZ, Scar­iff,

Co Clare.

Sir, – So that’s why the gar­daí were blow­ing into the breathal­y­sers.

They were try­ing to in­flate the num­bers! – Yours, etc, P WALSH, Bally­bofey,

Co Done­gal.

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