GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan is to receive a report which will determine whether a member of his force should undergo a full disciplinary investigation for his role in RTE's award-winning 'Love/Hate' series.
The commissioner said that Sunday's episode, in which garda national drugs unit member Kieran O'Reilly made his acting debut as an undercover officer, had raised issues which needed to be addressed.
He said he had discussed the programme with some of his senior officers and had decided to appoint a superintendent to assess the impact of the programme.
After studying the report, Mr Callinan will then determine whether Det Garda O'Reilly should face an official disciplinary process.
He said it was not appropriate at this stage to comment on whether the garda should face the process until the initial assessment had been finished.
It is understood that the assessment will include an examination of the roles and activities of the members of the fictional garda unit set up to tackle the organised crime gang led by 'Nidge', and whether Det Gda O'Reilly's participation had provided an element of authenticity to its behaviour.
'Love/Hate' sources said the garda had no advisory role when the scripts were being written and had not been auditioned for the part until long after the scripts had been drafted.
Meanwhile, the commissioner said he looked forward to the resumption of garda recruitment. Last Saturday, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he expected to see the first new intake of garda recruits since 2009 walk into the Garda College in Templemore next summer.
Mr Callinan had previously warned that the strength of the force should not be allowed to drop below 13,000.
The current garda strength is 13,160, down from a 2009 high of 14,550.