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

7:05 pm

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 25:

In page 41, subsection (1), line 29, to delete "Oireachtas Commission" and substitute "Independent Judicial Panel".
The issue here is around costs and who decides whether a witness will have costs. As we all know, the legal costs for these kinds of matters can be astronomical and can be used as a weapon in unscrupulous hands. Even the threat of somebody having to get the services of a senior counsel and put himself or herself under huge financial pressure and risk can be a very effective and unpleasant threat. I would like the Minister to first walk us through how this will work and then I will outline my concern about it.


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