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RTÉ reporter Paddy O’Gorman

Further to the announcement yesterday that 14,700 people have been wrongly convicted of motoring offences by the courts…

Paddy O’Gorman spoke to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One this morning

Sean O’Rourke: “Paddy O’Gorman is with me, Paddy you were at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday but, before we talk about that, this is a reoccurring theme in your reports about summonses not being received.”

Paddy O’Gorman: “All those people who come in, week after week, saying ‘I never received, not the summons, but I never received my fixed penalty notice, the first thing I knew about it was the summons’. Well we now know, 14,700 have been telling the truth. And it’s been, now, no doubt, people with a brass neck will lie and perjure themselves even.”

“But it happened on Wednesday there, in Athlone. There was just one case. She was a woman, about mid-30s, she got up on the witness stand. The judge swore her in and said, she said, ‘I never received my fixed penalty notice’. And he went through that with her: about her post, how she usually gets it, and then he convicted her. And she was upset outside and she said to me: ‘why did he make me swear?’. And I explained to her, because she’d never been in a court before, I said that’s quite routine to make you swear. And what the judge has done, is he’s put in a presumption that you received the fixed penalty notice. Different judges…”

Talk over each other

O’Gorman: “So it’s nothing personal. No she was treated respectfully but I’ve watched it in courts, inspectors using sarcasm against people ‘oh do you get most of your post?’ and reducing people to tears at times even. And it turns out they were telling the truth. And like that woman, she was upset coming out of the courts…”

O’Rourke: “Cause we’ve often joked: you and I about the poor quality of the postal service when it comes to delivering these fixed penalty points…”

O’Gorman: “That’s right. And it was never sent and people find it highly stressful to be standing up in a courtroom and to be told, publicly, you’re a liar and a perjurer. That’s a very nasty thing to happen to somebody and I hope those people, it gets made up to them.”


RTE reports:

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South Jim O’Callaghan said that Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan should take the lead in how this matter is being explained.

He said it is unacceptable that people were convicted in the courts for road traffic offences due to “a garda error” and that people need to know how this happened and who is responsible.

It also emerged that gardaí recorded 937,000 more roadside alcohol tests than had actually been carried out in a five-year period to 2016 – almost twice the real figure.

Call for Commissioner to explain massive garda errors (RTE)

Related: Almost 15,000 motorists wrongly convicted (Conor Lally, Irish Times)



The Conscious Concert.

Wisdom, music, mindfulness and comedy.

At the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 tomorrow from 5pm.

Paul Murphy writes:

You were very kind to run a piece on the Conscious Concert gig last year…and I will be interested to read what the crew in the comments make of this one…

…This year’s lineup will hopefully be our best yet. Jill Purce, a voice coach, therapist and author will be talking about overtone chanting, how to chant and about the many ways in which it can be beneficial in contemplation or meditation.

JP Sears (above), an Ultra Spiritualist!, will be providing some Conscious Comedy on the day with a live web stream from the United States, he offers some welcome comedy and an inspiring message all in one go.

We will also have world renowned performer Manish Shrestha live and on stage. Manish is a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist from Kathmandu, Nepal. After studying classical and world music he specialized in the sarod, the main instrument of classical Nepalese music.

We will close the evening’s entertainment with Woven which is musical storytelling with a Celtic theme, it is led instrumentally by Pól Brennan of Clannad fame. Woven is a mix of sacred land chants and prayers from Irish musicians and shamans, through the art of story and music the intention is to realign with our hearts, our land, sovereignty, power, unity and oneness….


The Conscious Concert

Previously: New Age Summit


This morning

Good times.

Last Night: Going Nowhere



Adventures of a Food Truck with a Blank Cookbook

Episode 1: Tedfest

Marcus and Katie, of Strong Roots [a Dublin7-based frozen food start-up”hell-bent on revolutionising frozen vegetables with passion and innovation”], travel the country in a re-furbished food truck in search of recipes.

Strong Roots

Thanks Stephen McManus


Ray Hernan, acting CEO of Bus Éireann

In a letter yesterday Bus Éireann’s Acting CEO Ray Hernan notified staff of the immediate implementation of reforms, and said that there was no basis for convening further talks.

In a statement this afternoon, the NBRU said the letter:

“is clearly the straw that has broken the back in terms of spelling out exactly what the real agenda is here, the new management structure at Bus Éireann have clearly signalled that they are intent on pursuing a race to the bottom in relation to workers jobs, terms and conditions.

And to reposition Bus Éireann as a low cost transport provider, mimicking some of the rogue operators that populate the so-called interurban market.”


Bus Éireann strike to go ahead from midnight (RTÉ)



This afternoon.


Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams with Mary Lou McDonald and large crowds line the streets of the Free Derry corner with the coffin of Martin McGuinness as it passes by  the 1972 Bloody Sunday mural as they makes their way to St Columba’s Church (above).

More as we get it.

Earlier: Death of A Salesman





This afternoon.

President Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern among the mourners in St Columba’s Church.

Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/