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

6:35 pm

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

Section 11 of the Bill is a proposal by a committee to conduct a Part 2 inquiry. That is a big step. The Deputy is saying that a quarter of the members of the committee can determine that against the wishes of three-quarters. Taken with the evidence that Deputy Fleming has already given, the notion that the Deputy is curing what he perceives to be a bias by virtue of a majority being able to inquire into or withhold something, by giving an extraordinary power to a quarter of the committee to overrule three-quarters and proceed with an inquiry-----


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