Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has welcomed the statement from the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on the penalty points investigation at the Public Accounts Committee.

Deputy Collins commented, “The position now taken by Minister Shatter reflects the concerns I raised last week about the approach taken by certain members of the PAC towards their interaction with the Gardaí.

“It is crucial that the issues brought to the PAC’s attention are fully investigated. However, comments made by certain committee members betrayed a lack of understanding of the issues and of the role of the Gardaí. To that end, I called last week for an enhanced role for the Garda Ombudsman Commission in this investigation and in future similar investigations.

“I very much welcome the fact that Minister Shatter is pursuing this route. I believe that it’s the appropriate route to take. It’s vital that we maintain full public confidence in An Garda Síochána and in the excellent work of the Public Accounts Committee. I hope that the referral of this issue to GSOC will help bring this to a conclusion in a timely manner.”