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 Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

This section has the full spectrum of almost court-like protections and I recognise that the procedure guarantees immunities, privileges and so on and that incrimination may not be invoked as a reason to refuse to co-operate with an inquiry by declining to answer a question or furnish a document. Can the Minister reassure me that section 15(2) does not affect the existing constitutional right, under Article 38.1, not to incriminate oneself?


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