Government TDs and Ministers have reiterated their confidence in the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice following Sinn Féin claims that those seeking reform within the force are being blocked. 

Garda Commissioner's Nóirín O'Sullivan is facing criticism for a delay in informing the Minister Frances Fitzgerald and internal auditors about financial irregularities at the Garda training college in Templemore.

Fianna Fáil has said the Government needs to take political responsibility for these latest revelations.

However, the party is denying that it is threatening to oppose Ms Fitzgerald's reappointment as Justice Minister when, as expected, a new Taoiseach takes office soon.

Meanwhile Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald has said it seems there was no reform of An Garda Síochána.

Rather she said reformers are being blocked in the force and the Commissioner was acting as a gatekeeper herself.

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy has insisted that that Fianna Fáil has no veto on Cabinet appointments.

Fine Gael TDs divided over leadership

Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh refused to say who he will be supporting as next leader of Fine Gael when asked at an event in Co Donegal this evening. 

Speaking to Nuacht RTÉ at a party event hosted by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar in Gaoth Dobhair, Mr McHugh said that he will wait for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to announce his decision first before he will declare which candidate he would support.

Mr Kenny is expected to step down as Taoiseach and party leader soon, but no date has as yet been specified. 

Mr Varadkar said he did not wish to talk about a leadership contest at the event. 

Earlier Mr Brophy said he will be supporting Mr Varadkar to succeed Mr Kenny as party leader, whenever there is a contest.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O’Rourke, the Dublin South-West TD said that Fine Gael is lucky to have two superb candidates in Mr Varadkar and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to succeed Mr Kenny as leader, but that he would be backing Mr Varadkar for the post.

"I’ve had the privilege of being elected to the parliamentary party for about 15 months," said Mr Brophy.

"I've seen both ministers working first hand…But I feel on balance in terms of what Leo can deliver for our country, and for our party that I would want and like to support him.

"But we don't have a contest yet."