For example, the Gardas figure for sexual offences reported in 2003 was 1,986. The revised figure is 1,573, meaning the number of victims who came forward that year is 26 per cent lower than previously stated.
But for sexual offences the number of victims coming forward had been overestimated by 6 per cent between 2013 and 2016 and in some years by as much as 26 per cent.
They are patently unfit for their role. This isn't some advanced level of research... it's basic counting and it is at least understood by some. If this basic role cannot be achieved to within the statistical errors then all of the reported data is effectively useless, if it is used in policy making decisions, and they have comprehensively failed in their obligations under the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
Time to raise the educational standards requirement, or drop their pay to a level commensurate with their skills?