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 Ciarán LynchCiarán Lynch (Cork South Central, Labour) | Oireachtas source

Before I invite Deputy Mary Lou McDonald to speak I will offer some observations. Any committee report that requires a vote to get over the line is diminished. I have never been involved in a committee process, either in Opposition or in Government, in which we have voted something through. Perhaps the Minister will clarify the position. It is not that there are recommendations as such, but a statement of fact. One cannot vote on whether something is a matter of fact. I do not see a situation arising in which one would be voting on a matter of fact.


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