Commenting following this afternoon’s publication of the report from the Commission on the Future of Policing, Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan TD said, “Given the length of the report, I intend on studying its details in full but at a preliminary look I am satisfied with the level of engagement by the Commission in preparing this report.

“It appears that many of the concerns expressed of An Garda Síochána, elected representatives and the general public have been taken on board. I very much commend the chair of the Commission, Kathleen O’Toole and her colleagues on their work.

Deputy O’Callaghan continued, “The focus now must be on ensuring that this Government does not waste this crucial opportunity to achieve real reform of policing in this country.

“The transformation of Ireland’s policing is too important an issue for this report to be put on the shelf with others before it. Its implementation will require tangible action and the resources to deliver its many recommendations.

“We are currently in the midst of Budget 2019 negotiations and a key priority for Fianna Fáil will be ensuring that provision is made to ensure the initial steps towards implementation of the report recommendations can begin”.