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Irish police chief quits in corruption scandal

Published on Mar 25, 2014 10:09 PM

DUBLIN (AFP) - Ireland's police chief resigned Tuesday as a political and media storm raged over his handling of long-running allegations concerning the corrupt enforcement of traffic laws.

Garda commissioner Martin Callinan announced he was stepping down with immediate effect following repeated criticism of his use of the word "disgusting" to describe the actions of police whistleblowers.

Mr Callinan, who joined the Garda almost 41 years ago and rose to the rank of commissioner in 2010, made the comments before a parliamentary committee in January.

Two police whistleblowers have claimed there is widespread manipulation of Ireland's traffic laws, namely the penalty points system - whereby drivers get points on their licences for infringements.

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