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    Did the 9pm report say that there were cases where cash seized went missing? If so, why not drug swaps for turning a blind eye?
    Unfortunately, plenty of evidence of that sort of thing, from Donegal onwards.
    And, reduction in audits....

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrym View Post
    Did the 9pm report say that there were cases where cash seized went missing? If so, why not drug swaps for turning a blind eye?
    Unfortunately, plenty of evidence of that sort of thing, from Donegal onwards.
    And, reduction in audits....
    There are a number of reports of missing cash that have been discussed here.

    Yes, the response has been to wind down the audit team to half its former strength.
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    nice job to get

    Senior Garda officer Derek Byrne is resigning from the force in a major blow to the organisation.

    He will leave An Garda Síochána later in the year to take up the prestigious post of commissioner of police in the Cayman Islands.

    Mr Byrne was offered the post after a six-month recruitment process and he notified Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan yesterday of his intention to resign.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...-34980634.html
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    Noirin O'Sullivan using a gmail account takes the biscuit.

    I heard it said on RTE that her account had been hacked in 2012 and the password put on sale. Was this fake news?

    The wall of crazy justifications issued by herself and the Press Office is amusing.

    http://www.thejournal.ie/garda-commi...92850-Nov2016/
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    The wall of crazy justifications issued by herself and the Press Office is amusing.
    I'm not sure if some of the commentary was speculation, but there were various remarks that the Pulse system was too cumbersome, that access to it wasn't possible outside garda buildings, that guards had gmail addresses 'cos the were "easier", etc.

    Stinks, like a lot else about them. Sitting TDs and their friends want to keep the cosy arrangements.

    Just another piece of evidence of our third world culture.

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    Tis grand

    All devices issued to gardaí have Gmail installed on them by Garda ICT staff, the statement says, which is necessary to ensure they are constantly secured. The commissioner takes “all recommended security measures” when using Gmail, including “regularly changing the password [and] using a mix of letters, numbers and symbols”, according to the Garda statement.

    The statement also says that Garda policy on email dates from 2012 and does not take into account advances in technology, “such as the need for mobile devices to be associated with a commercial email address”.
    A updated policy is being prepared, the Garda said. “An Garda Síochána has strict security controls in relation to the use and access to Garda IT systems. Devices issued to the commissioner are secured by secure connections and utilise strong encryption technologies,” noted the Garda statement.
    Meanwhile, Minister of State for EU affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy has said he is not aware of any “overarching” government policy prohibiting public servants from using web services such as Gmail for official business.

    “I am not going to give a pronouncement on the rights or wrongs,” he said. “I am not aware there is a Government policy. I haven’t given any thought as to whether what should or shouldn’t be a policy.”

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...ness-1.2876424
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    Oh, that is OK then, change the password from the dog's or cat's names add a 1 or a 2 and off ye go.

    Did ye ever look a the side of the terminals in the airport, they usually have the password on a post-it note stuck to the side. The Guards should adopt that security policy.

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    Oh dear, the Commissioner says that corruption and misuse of public funds in Templemore Training College for Gardaí is a 'legacy issue' i.e. has been going on for 20 years.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime...oner-1.2947780

    The only comfort is that it was the Gardaí themselves who uncovered the scandal, via internal audit.
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    Interesting timing - mega-abuse of public funds by the Gardai at Templemore announced in the lesser-read Business Post on Sunday. Then, in the following days, first a big announcement of Garda triumph over an immigration scam that had been running it seems for many years, and then a big haul of drugs and arms.

    Meanwhile, the GRA grumble about having to abide by the law and by normal behaviours requrired for organisational governance.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/ed...rdue-1.2949706
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    Indeed, the guards are just like the rest, media driven. The worst aspect is the compliant media buy in. Journalism generally, with some good exceptions (Fintan O'Toole e.g.) just suck up the handouts. The relationship between the media, big business and the administration is much too cosy.

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    So, between 2012 and 2016 half the number of breath tests (1 million) were carried out by police compared with the 2 million claimed by Gardai.

    I'm unclear as to whether this continued after it first came to the notice of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, who contacted the Gardai about it, in 2014. Callinan 'retired' in 2014.

    In addition, 14,700 convictions have been overturned as it has emerged that the Gardai did not keep (as required) a record of the number of tests carried out with each device.

    Any or all of those persons could presumably sue.

    This is misconduct at the highest level on a vast scale that must have completely skewed statistics relating road deaths to Garda activity so as to make them worse than useless.

    Lives at stake but when it comes to the race for promotion in the ranks, who cares ?
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    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

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    Is there more news since the Audit was revealed last October ?

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...-35115106.html

    The Daily Mail is saying that there was extensive illegality at Templemore - much of it at a time when the police college was closed for business, post crash, except for the occasionaly 'brush up' course.

    And at the same time, a million false claims of breath tests carried out, that had not been carried out.

    And now we have seen deaths from drink driving increase.

    On the MF show this morning, a participant said that there are no Community Police left at all in many counties.

    Massive extra money went in to supposedly civilianising the Guardai over the last few years, with little sign of Gardai giving up behind the desk roles.

    So what actually are they doing with their time ?
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    I had a twitter engagement with newstalk breakfast and the arch conservative Coleman. He maintains we are not a banana republic. I asked, so the Guards, the HSE, the national broadband plan, the water fiasco, the housing fiasco, the Tuam babies, another shooting this morning, etc., etc., are the signs of a properly functioning republic??

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