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

6:45 pm

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

-----or another report that finds there is an issue to be looked at. Somebody in that report might require more robust protections if there were to be a formal inquiry, such as the right to attend all sessions, cross-examine and so on, but the panoply of legal rights will not be distributed in the same way to everybody. If somebody is a casual witness he or she should not be allowed to bring in lawyers, for example, because costs will be involved. It will be a matter for the Houses, when they are considering an inquiry such as this, to ensure they can discriminate between witnesses and persons against whom allegations are made.


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