The organisation that represents rank-and-file gardaí has said they expect the payment of 15 minutes overtime for gardaí before they come on duty to be fully upheld.

Yesterday, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris appeared at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee where he described overtime payments as "a drain on the garda budget and not sustainable".

However, speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, the president of the Garda Representative Association said the reintroduction of 15 minutes overtime for a pre-tour briefing before a garda begins their shift "came about in 2016 based on a Labour Court recommendation".

Jim Mulligan said the reintroduction of such briefings, which had ceased in 1988, was recommended by the Garda Inspectorate in 2009.

He said the absence of such briefings was highlighted by the Garda Inspectorate as a "serious gap in the supervision of frontline staff".

"It brings a cohesiveness and improves the supervision capabilities in the job to have people fully briefed going out," he said.

"The fact that it was done away with in the first place, we believe led to a number of problems in supervision in An Garda Síochána which caused a lot of the controversy in the last few years which have come to the fore.

"It is in fact working time, you are in the station, you're on duty, you are being briefed and no more than any other worker in the country when you are in work and you're working you expect to be paid for it."

He said the payment forms part of the Labour Court recommendations, which was a solemn agreement between Government and members of An Garda Síochána.

"I don't think it would augur well for that agreement to be picked apart," he added.

Mr Mulligan also said a multi-agency approach involving legislators, courts, the Department of Transport, the RSA, insurance companies and gardaí is needed to tackle the issue of disqualified motorists continuing to drive.

He said the roll-out of technology which will allow members of the Traffic Corp to access a database from the roadside will help address the issue.

Mr Mulligan added that he also "fully expected" the Government to implement recommendations to introduce body cameras for gardaí.