Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Committee Stage

5:30 pm

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I have proposed 26 amendments to the Bill but 17 of them relate to inquiries under Article 12.10° of the Constitution, which involves the unthinkable process of impeaching the President. I have been reflecting on this since the Bill was published. As the Bill is drafted, this process is anchored in a section dealing with the impeachment of other constitutional officeholders. It should be a unique section and not in with everybody else. We will mirror the constitutional provisions in the new section. There will be many technical amendments but that is the import of it.


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