Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Jim O’Callaghan TD has written to the Ceann Comhairle seeking the appearance of the Justice Minister in the Dáil tomorrow in a Private Notice Question under Standing Order 35 to get answers on the unfolding Garda crisis and the Tánaiste’s handling of it.

Standing Order 35 allows for the Minister’s appearance to answer questions of urgent national interest.

Deputy O’Callaghan commented, “While my colleagues and I will need to study the content of the Garda Commissioner’s comments today, it is clear that many crucial questions remain unanswered. We are not reassured by what was said and in particular we are concerned at the description of the failure to notify the Policing Authority as ‘an administrative error.

“However, a number of elements of today’s press conference make it clear that the Tánaiste also has questions to answer on this.
“To date, the Tánaiste’s response has consisted mainly of concerned noises and much hand wringing. It took five days from the announcement of this crisis until the Tánaiste met with the Commissioner. That isn’t good enough – we need to know exactly what the Tánaiste knew and when she knew it and all the issues that flow from that need to be fully examined.”

The Fianna Fáil Frontbench will discuss the matter further tomorrow.