BREAKING: Tipperary has highest breath test discrepancy

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

Tipperary's discrepancy rate at 385%, report says

Minister says the figures are a concern

Tipperary Garda Division had the highest discrepancy in breathalyser tests recorded on the garda Pulse system compared to the records from the Drager breathalyser devices, a new report has revealed.

In a report issued today it was revealed that the Tipperary division recorded the highest discrepancy rate at 385%, compared to a national rate of 71%.

The report states that over 184,000 false breath tests were recorded by gardai in the Tipperary garda division over an eight year period.


In a report published today, Assistant Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan found that 232,639 breath tests were conducted at MAT checkpoints in Tipperary between June 7, 2009 and April 10, 2017.


However, figures collated from the Drager breathalyser devices supplied to gardai showed the actual number of breath tests carried out totalled 47,943.


This equates to a discrepancy of more than 184,696 or 385%. According the report, the national discrepancy rate was 71%.


The highest discrepancy was found in the Tipperary garda division (385%) while the lowest discrepancy was identified in Wexford (18%).


Nationally, Assistant Commissioner O'Sullivan found 3,498,400 breath test were recorded on the garda Pulse system while the records from the Drager breathalyser devices showed 2,040,179 tests were carried out.


In a statement issued following the publication of the report, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, said the figures are a concern


“I am greatly disturbed by findings that indicate that between 3% and 9% of the PULSE records relating to MAT/MIT checkpoints are estimated to have inflated breath tests,” he said.