Penalty points scandal reveals vista worse than imagined

‘Stink of perjury’ replaced by worse odour as drink-driving figures prove to be ball of smoke

Nationally, the Garda has admitted that 147,000 people were wrongly summoned to court over alleged notice offences and that 10 per cent of them were convicted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Nationally, the Garda has admitted that 147,000 people were wrongly summoned to court over alleged notice offences and that 10 per cent of them were convicted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last December, Judge Patrick Durcan, a man not shy about articulating his frustration at loopholes in the penalty points system, sat in Ennis District Court, dealing with traffic offences.

“This courtroom is stinking of dishonesty and is stinking of perjury today,” he declared, as he handled the cases of 15 people who had said that they had never received fixed charge notices (FCNs) by post for speeding offences.

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