A bill that set out to have an independent process of appointing senior members of the gardaí was defeated in the Dáil last night.

The Public Sector Management (Appointment of Senior Members of Garda Síochana) Bill 2014 was defeated by 83 votes to 29.

The bill was proposed by Independent TD Shane Ross.

The Government said it was already committed to wide-ranging reform in the area and that Mr Ross's bill was premature.