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

I wish to add my tuppence worth again. I remember when I and Deputy Fleming were on a committee that he chaired. There were diverging views on a particular recommendation, which was to do with the personal public service number registration system. Everyone had strong views on it but they were not views of the same bent. In that case the committee's recommendation noted that there was no unanimous position among the committee members and that was reflected in the report. As soon as any committee makes a vote on any recommendation, the report is invalid. That is my view in terms of someone chairing the process. It would be madness for anyone acting as chairman and steering any inquiry to force a vote, because as soon as that vote is called the work put in by the committee members is over and has no standing.


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