Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan TD has called for an urgent statement from the Tánaiste.

He commented, “Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald needs to spell out exactly when she was informed about the litany of errors announced by An Garda Siochána yesterday.

“She needs to explain what discussions she has had with the Garda Commissioner on these matters, and she needs to spell out to the Irish people what exactly is her understanding of how these errors occurred and who is responsible.

“My party and I are concerned that the manner of yesterday’s announcement, and the lack of a coherent explanation from any quarter points to a lack of understanding of how serious this situation now is.

“We need to see the Minister take the initiative and come forward immediately with her account of what has happened.”