The Standards in Public Office Commission is to write to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in relation to a complaint made by independent TD Mick Wallace.

The commission met this morning and discussed the issue.

Mr Wallace has lodged a complaint in relation to information that Mr Shatter put into the public domain concerning the independent TD's encounter with gardaí while in possession of a mobile phone.

The commission has put Mr Wallace's complaint to the minister and has received a reply.

It is now expected to seek further information on the matter from the minister.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time in May, Mr Shatter revealed that Mr Wallace had escaped penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving.

Mr Shatter said he obtained the information as part of a garda briefing.

He defended his role in putting the information into the public domain by saying that the Wexford TD was a public figure.

Minister Shatter said that Mr Wallace had engaged in political hypocrisy by being critical of how gardaí handled the application of penalty points.