Fianna Fáil’s Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson, Dara Calleary said:

“All across the country tomorrow morning, people will be struggling to understand how on earth the appalling breach of trust and process outlined on tonight’s Prime Time could have happened.

“Sergeant Maurice McCabe was failed by the state in the most fundamental and damaging way. It is incredible to see to how such a devastating administrative error with such serious and personal ramifications could be allowed go through the childcare and justice system for so long. It is crucial that this horrendous episode be fully investigated and included in the terms of reference to the Charlton Inquiry.

“Fianna Fáil insisted on expanding the proposed terms of reference earlier today in the Dáil and we welcome the fact that the Minister for Justice appears open to accepting or suggestions. Simply put, the extraordinary circumstances outlined in tonight’s Prime Time need to be fully examined,” concluded Calleary.