Tag Archives: Ireland

False breath test data in Ireland

Over a 7-year period, police in Ireland claimed 1.5 million more driver breath tests than were actually conducted, according to this article citing an official report. A separate inquiry is looking into the wrongful conviction of 14,500 motorists for traffic … Continue reading

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O’Toole to lead review of Gardai

This article reports that Kathleen O’Toole, current police chief in Seattle in the U.S., will lead a “root and branch” review of the Gardai as chair of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. O’Toole previously served as … Continue reading

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870 arrests for online child sexual abuse on the Darknet

This press release describes the results of a worldwide FBI & Europol investigation into online child sexual abuse on the Darknet’s Playpen site. Three site administrators were recently convicted in the U.S. and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison. A … Continue reading

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Secretive culture in the Garda

At the outset of the Charleton Tribunal, an inquiry into whistleblower retaliation, this column considers the issue of external accountability of the Irish police and whether the current matter reflects the actions of “a few bad apples” or a more … Continue reading

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New ethics code for Garda Siochana

Following a series of controversies in recent years, Ireland’s policing authority has promulgated a new code of ethics of 9 standards meant to reinforce individual responsibility and support members for “speaking up against wrongdoing or poor practice.” The justice minister considers the … Continue reading

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Checks & balances with informants

This letter to the editor contends that police in Ireland are currently hamstrung in controlling feuding organized crime groups in Dublin by recent restrictions on their ability to utilize informants. The current rules were set following documented abuses but the … Continue reading

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Reorganization in the Garda

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has announced 40 promotions and 53 transfers, along with some organizational restructuring, representing the most significant changes in the Irish force’s 93-year history, according to this article. The moves are “designed to rebrand and reform the … Continue reading

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