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

7:15 pm

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

I refer to a scenario in which one gets word from a committee that one will be called but one thinks one's good name may be impugned in this process. At the outset, I agree with the Minister that the provision of legal costs should be limited and that costs should not be provided to everyone. However, I wish to walk through this process just to be satisfied that it cannot be used in a mischievous manner. For instance, one gets word that one is being summoned and one thinks one's good name may be impugned in the process. Does one write to the Oireachtas commission at that point to state one's good name may be impugned and therefore, one needs counsel and would like the commission essentially to state whether it intends to pay for it?


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