68. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she is satisfied that the Garda Commissioner will be able to fully commit to her role as head of policing and security services while a tribunal of inquiry is tasked with investigating certain allegations surrounding her conduct; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15696/17]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am satisfied with the Garda Commissioner's ability to lead An Garda Síochána in the very important work they do.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the distribution of resources, including personnel, is an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I am informed by the Commissioner that appropriate arrangements have been put in place to ensure the requirements of the Tribunal are met fully.
I do not believe it is appropriate to question the good faith of anyone who will be appearing before the Tribunal. It appears to me that such questions ultimately relate to concerns as to the ability of the Tribunal to get at the truth. I, however, have complete confidence in the ability of the sole member to the Tribunal, Mr. Justice Charleton, to do exactly this.