Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan TD has said that legislation to give greater powers to the Policing Authority is crucial to dealing with the issues that have emerged within An Garda Síochána.

This morning’s media reports on the independent investigation into wrongful road traffic convictions and false breath tests suggest that the problems within An Garda Síochana could be greater than ever envisaged.

It is believed that there could be in the region of 400,000 false breath tests in addition to the 1,500,000 already discovered.

Deputy O’Callaghan said, “The purpose of the independent investigation into the degree of malpractice that was exposed in An Garda Síochana earlier this year was to provide the public with a thorough explanation of the issues concerning false breath tests that had been ongoing within the force.

“While the full report will need to be examined when published later today, the initial reports are deeply worrying. It now appears that this process has identified even further wrongdoing than had previously been reported.

“I will be asking for the Policing Authority to come before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice to face questions in order that the public can be given a more detailed account of the findings within the independent report.

“Full public confidence in the processes and procedures around Garda oversight is a critical component of effective policing in Ireland.

“Unfortunately, the poor performance of senior management in An Garda Síochana remains at the fore of these repeated controversies.”