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 Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I wish to clarify my position. I was referring to the 50:50 set-up in the committee. This amendment refers specifically to the vote in the House to set up an inquiry. I take the point on the previous amendment. This amendment specifically relates to a government being able to use its majority. I am not having a go at this Government in any way. I am referring to a government using its majority to block something that a sizable portion of the Oireachtas deems worthy of doing. It is standard and successful practice in many other countries.


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