Independent TD Mick Wallace has proposed radical changes to the system of oversight of An Garda Síochána.

At a news conference, Mr Wallace claimed there is a serious lack of democratic accountability of the force.

In the Dáil tonight, he proposed a bill aimed at strengthening the independence of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

He it was motivated by any antipathy to the force, saying he had a good relationship with the force.

He insisted that the increased accountability would make for better policing, and that a return to what he called policing by consent would make for a better force.