The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has rejected criticisms by the Garda Ombudsman that the force failed to co-operate with an investigation into alleged links between officers and a convicted drug dealer.
Callinan says he greatly regrets the publication of details of the report by the commission this afternoon - and says he has been asked by the Justice Minister Alan Shatter to respond to the findings.
The report has taken four years to complete and all officers concerned have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing.
But Garda Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald says the delays in releasing information seriously impacted the investigation.
“Of the 63 requests, just 17 were fulfilled in full within the 30 day time period. That’s highly unsatisfactory. We’ve had to wait for some requests for over a year in some cases.
“In one case, we didn’t finally get the documentation at all."