The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has asked a retired High Court judge to examine allegations of wrongdoing contained in protected disclosures made by garda whistleblowers. 

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill is to report back to the Minister within six weeks.

He has been asked to review allegations of wrongdoing contained in the disclosures and to make any inquiries with persons or bodies that he considers appropriate in relation to the review.

He has also been asked to report within six weeks on the conclusion of the review including any recommendations which he may consider necessary in relation to any further action which may be appropriate and warranted to address the allegations.

Ms Fitzgerald said she was determined that An Garda Síochána operates to the very highest standards and this involves ensuring that allegations of wrongdoing are dealt with properly and the persons making those allegations are fully protected and respected.

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has welcomed the decision by Ms Fitzgerald to review the recent protected disclosures.

In a statement released this evening, An Garda Síochána said it "will co-operate fully with this review process".

"An Garda Síochána re-iterates its support for employees who make protected disclosures and that anyone who brings forward any concerns or issues will be taken seriously and the matters examined," added the statement.

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