13 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A Clones-based garda who was involved in highlighting the penalty points controversy has resigned from the force after stating that his position had become “untenable”.

Garda John Wilson is quoted in this week’s Sunday Independent as feeling he had “no choice” but to stand down as a result of his having revealed details of penalty-point terminations that are now the subject of an official inquiry.

A native of Co Cavan, Garda Wilson, aged 50, is a nephew of the late Tanaiste, John Wilson TD, and a brother of sitting Fianna Fáil senator Diarmuid Wilson.

He is reported as having told the Sunday Independent that he felt under so much pressure within the gardai that his position had become “untenable”, resulting in his resignation despite the fact that he is married with children.

He has reportedly described an internal garda enquiry into the setting aside of some penalty points by gardai as “inadequate”, and has called for a full public inquiry, perhaps by an independent High Court judge.

The former garda said he believed “tens of thousands” of fixed-fine penalty notices have been terminated.

He is also quoted as stating that former British government minister Chris Huhne and his wife would not be in jail if they were living in Ireland: “He would have known a garda and it would have been sorted. He would not have one penalty point,” Mr Wilson told reporter Colum Kenny.
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