Responding to the resignation of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan has welcomed the move saying it paves the way for a new chapter for An Garda Síochána.

“I would like to thank Nóirín O’Sullivan for her many years of public service and wish her well in her retirement. Her resignation means there has been some accountability within An Garda Síochána for the 1.5 million false breath tests recorded on the Garda Pulse system”, said Deputy O’Callaghan.

“The process to find a new Garda Commissioner presents an opportunity for the Policing Authority and the Government to ensure there is more real and necessary reform within An Garda Siochána.

“We must learn from the mistakes of the past and rebuild confidence within the force itself and in the wider public arena. The new Commissioner must be given the support and resources to ensure that all of the reforms needed can be implemented so that every officer can undertake their duties, and that confidence across all sections of An Garda Siochána is restored”.