The Minister for Justice has said that he is "very keen to ensure" that the issues surrounding the funding of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, as reported by RTÉ's This Week programme last Sunday, are resolved.

The programme highlighted a confidential report from GSOC that revealed they did not have sufficient resources to deal with protected disclosures within An Garda Síochána.

Ms Justice Ellen Ring, the Chairperson of GSOC, said the organisation had "failed" people who came to it with protected disclosures due to a shortfall in staffing and resources.

She also said it was now time for GSOC to be independent and separate in all respects from the Department of Justice.

The matter was raised in the Dáil today by Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy who wanted to know what action the Government was taking on the issue.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he had listened to the interview and had contacted GSOC.

He said he was "very keen to ensure" the issues raised are resolved.

Regarding the independence of GSOC, the Minister said there was a commission on the future of policing which was examining a number of issues including the future role and function of GSOC.

The Commission is due to report later in the year.