There has been a fresh twist in the garda breath test controversy. It has emerged Dublin West was at the centre of the largest number of fake tests. The tests were exaggerated in the area by 495%.
Wexford was at the bottom of the scale at just 5%. Garda management were questioned by the Policing Authority earlier about how this could have happened.
Maureen Lynott from the Policing Authority said: ‘It’s a mystery I think – certainly to us and I think to the general public - how that kind of distortion of numbers and variation did not catch attention’’.
Chairperson of the PA Josephine Feehily added: ‘It’s not a Dublin/rural thing. It just happens they are the extreme outlier. Our concern was how come that wasn’t screaming at somebody?’
A senior garda is now investigating how the breath test controversy happened.
In the meantime Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan says steps are being taken to make sure it’s not going on right now. She said: ‘There are now monthly reports. There are tactical coordination meetings that the Deputy Commissioner chairs and these figures are scrutinised and analysed and people are asked to account for spikes and drops in them.’
The Garda Commissioner also said it’s still unclear how the scandal happened but management are determined to get to the bottom of it.