Wednesday 24 January 2018

Taoiseach says he has confidence in Commissioner 'but she needs to set out all the facts'

Pressure: Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron
Pressure: Noirin O'Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron Newsdesk Newsdesk

Enda Kenny says he has confidence in Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan but insists that she needs to set out all the facts of the latest scandal.

Speaking to RTÉ radio the Taoiseach confirmed that the Commissioner met with the Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

Ms O'Sullivan is expected to address the media this afternoon after it was revealed that  that 14,700 people were wrongly convicted of motoring offences and breathalyser tests were exaggerated by one million.

Mr Kenny told reporters this morning: "As I am speaking here in Tralee there is a meeting on with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Commissioner of the gardaí.

"And I do expect that the Commissioner will outline for the Minister for Justice the facts as can be put in the public domain and the facts as are available to her.

"This is a very important matter and the Minister for Justice will talk to me later in the day and the government will consider this tomorrow.

"I have confidence in the Commissioner but it's an opportunity for the Commissioner to set out all of the facts relevant to these particular problems which are very serious," he said.

It is understood that the Tanaiste did not ask the Commissioner to resign during the meeting.

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