Speaking following today’s meeting of the Fianna Fáil Front Bench, Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan TD commented, “Earlier this afternoon my colleagues and I met and discussed the ongoing crisis in An Garda Siochána. We are clear in our view that following the ongoing failure to explain the circumstances of the massive discrepancies that have emerged within the force, or to assign responsibility for this, we are unfortunately not in a position to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner.

“We continue to seek answers to the very serious questions that are outstanding and we will continue to examine the various options open to us.

“We will also be pressing the Government to spell out the level of knowledge about these problems on the part of the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and to explain what immediate steps the Minister and the Government will now take to begin restoring confidence in the Gardaí.

“Fianna Fáil is also now examining options for legislative change aimed at improving the strength and scope of the Policing Authority Act 2015.”