The Garda Commissioner says she was not aware of any private meeting between her predecessor Martin Callinan and TD John McGuiness.
It follows claims by Deputy McGuiness that the previous Commissioner told him whistle-blower Maurice McCabe was 'not to be trusted'.
In a statement this evening, Nóirín O'Sullivan said she was unaware of the meeting, and said whistle-blowers are part of the solution to the problems facing the force.
The Commissioner said she has appointed a dedicated team to oversee all matters related to whistle-blowers to make sure they're welcomed and protected by Gardaí.
Clare Daly of Independents4Change says TD John McGuinness still has questions to answer, about why he didn't reveal the meeting earlier:
Commissioner O'Sullivan's statement in full:
"Commissioner O’Sullivan was not aware of any private meeting between former Commissioner Callinan and Deputy McGuinness as outlined by Deputy McGuinness in the Dáil.
In relation to whistleblowers, Commissioner O’Sullivan has consistently stated that dissent is not disloyalty and as a service we are determined to learn from our experiences. An Garda Síochána agrees that whistleblowers are part of the solution to the problems facing the service.
The Commissioner has recently appointed a Protected Disclosures Manager and an appropriately trained dedicated team will be established to oversee all matters related to whistleblowers.
Transparency Ireland has agreed to work with An Garda Síochána to help ensure protected disclosures and people making them are welcomed and protected in An Garda Síochána."