The Garda Commissioner says discrepancies in logging breath test numbers are "totally unacceptable" and damage public trust in the force. Nóirín O'Sullivan released a statement this afternoon on the revelations earlier this week that the amount of breath tests being recorded were grossly exaggerated.
She's now asked the Policing Authority to review how breath tests were recorded by Gardaí, to make sure there are no more mistakes in how they're processed. She also wants to make sure the current methods are in line with best practice.
It emerged two days ago that Gardaí had exaggerated the number of tests carried out over several years, saying they'd recorded two million cases between 2012 and 2016, when the real number was just over a million.
In her statement, Nóirín O'Sullivan said new methods for gathering statistics on breath tests have been in place since last April, to ensure there would be no repeat of the discrepancies. She also said she's asked an internal Garda team to investigate whether the mistakes were as a result of human error or a system failing. She said the problems identified so far were unacceptable and that it was an issue of ethics and trust.
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