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

6:25 pm

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

There was an inquiry into Mr. Callely, who was a member of the Government party at the time. I have never seen an inquiry set up other than into a member of the current or a former Government. I have never seen an inquiry set up into a member of the Opposition. I understand what Deputy Donnelly is saying, but let us reflect on it. Political circumstances often dictate when a Government must put one of its own out to be examined. I have yet to see it occur in the opposite direction. Deputy Donnelly may say it is counterintuitive but that is what has always happened.


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