A TD who made a protected disclosure to the Minister for Justice in relation to alleged garda misconduct in Leitrim has reiterated his call for a Commission of Inquiry to be put in place to look at the issue.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-Leitrim Martin Kenny said he made the statement to the Dáil on 26 May outlining many of the issues he raised in this protected disclosure, regarding "the inappropriate use of informants and also of using informants to set up people and for carrying out activity which would be illegal in itself".

He said this applies to a small handful of gardaí and it is in the interest of vast majority that these issues need to be resolved.

He said one of the most serious issues he raised was the disappearance of Co Leitrim man Pat Heerin in 2011.

He said, following a recent development in this case, he met GSOC last week and asked them to take over the case because of the failings in the past.

He said within three weeks of his statement to the Dáil, two senior gardaí visited him and he gave them all the details including names, addresses and documents and they assured him they were very concerned and would quickly speak to the complainants and investigate these matters.

However, he said that was six months ago and "practically nothing has happened since". 

He said "they haven't spoken to any of the complainants and they haven't done anything to resolve this issue".

He said he felt the only option open to him was to make a protected disclosure.

He said in early June, he was told by Garda Ombudsman Justice Mary Ellen Ring that only "one aspect of one of the issues" he raised had been inquired into by GSOC but the remainder of the issues he raised were not looked into.

He said Justice Ring told him that because of legislative constraints, time limits and limited resources, GSOC was "barred" from looking into the issues that he had had raised.

Mr Kenny said he made a protected disclosure to ensure there was pressure put on Minister Frances Fitzgerald to get these issues resolved and looked into.

He said before the complainants came to him, they went to the then-Garda Commissioner and the then-minister for justice Alan Shatter but nothing was looked into.