Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality

Garda Oversight and Accountability: Discussion

9:00 am

Mr. Joseph Nugent:

I will comment on that issue because it is important. I recollect that Assistant Commissioner Finn, in his role as the assistant commissioner for roads and policing, commented on the complexity of our road traffic legislation. Translating this highly complex business process into a technology system in itself causes challenges. What occurred in this case was the result of that complexity. In that regard, the technology system did not address a fine issue in the space. By the term "fine issue", I mean an issue that is not related to the majority of issues that arose. It would be unfair to argue that this was reflective of a poorly designed technology system. While we accept that the system did not meet or keep pace with the complexities of road traffic law, it is extremely challenging to develop systems that require such a level of change in this element.