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

6:55 pm

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

In the first instance, the House will set up the committee and will make that determination. If the committee is established with a member who carries a perception of bias, a witness or a person subject to the inquiry will have access to the courts to vindicate his or her good name. Once the inquiry is established, a role is afforded to the chairman of the committee to maintain the procedures that will be laid down in this Act, to maintain the procedures of the House and to give directions to a member where he or she oversteps the mark. These directions must be legally complied with. Ultimately, a person can be removed who repeatedly refuses to either comply with legitimate directions from the chair or who has compromised themselves objectively and that will be a matter for the committee to determine.


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