Wednesday 23 August 2017

Motions to add to pressure on Commissioner

Leinster House (Stock picture)
Leinster House (Stock picture)
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The Cabinet is to discuss the Government's approach to two Opposition party motions that will ramp up the pressure on embattled Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.

They have been tabled in the wake of the controversy over almost a million bogus breath tests recorded by gardaí. The Government is expected to oppose a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in the Commissioner.

Separately, a Fianna Fáil motion is to be debated in the Dáil tomorrow seeking powers for the Policing Authority. It also calls on the authority to be requested to "assess" the capacity of the Commissioner to restore public confidence in the Garda.

A Government source raised concern that carrying out such a request on the back of a Dáil motion would interfere with the independence of the Policing Authority. Ministers will discuss their approach to the Fianna Fáil proposal, and whether or not to table a counter-motion, at Cabinet tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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