Failure to provide report 'not sinister'
Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has insisted there's nothing sinister in the failure by gardaí to complete a report on the recording of almost a million bogus breath tests in time for her appearance at the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
TDs had hoped to quiz Ms O'Sullivan about an internal Garda probe aimed at explaining how the massive discrepancies came about.
However, while two interim reports on the matter have been provided to the PAC, the Garda examination of the issue is not expected to be completed until the end of the month.
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said this was "unacceptable".
Ms O'Sullivan said the records go back over a number of years and examining them is "hugely time consuming".
The PAC was told the breath test issue was first identified in late 2015. Mr Cullinane pointed out it's now the summer of 2017 and gardaí still couldn't explain what happened.
He said the report should have been ready for the PAC meeting. "Would you forgive us for being cynical about that?" he asked, claiming there are "other motives potentially why that report wasn't completed".
Ms O'Sullivan rejected any accusation "that we are acting in any way sinister". She said the situation was "quite the opposite" and the matter was being dealt with "completely transparently". She said the Assistant Commissioner leading the probe had been given six months to finish it and that he would complete the report ahead of schedule. She added the resources required have been given to the investigation and any issues identified "will be fully dealt with".
Meanwhile, Ms O'Sullivan addressed what she described as "speculation" in reports that €140,000 was spent on PR advice for her ahead of PAC appearances.
"That's completely untrue. I've never received any preparatory training," she said.