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

5:35 pm

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I always accept the Minister's good intentions, but life does not work out that way. The Oireachtas will do what the Oireachtas does, namely, go by its membership. It will claim that, had the primary legislation intended equal numbers, it would have included such a provision instead of remaining silent on the matter. The Oireachtas will conclude that no such requirement was intended and will not provide equality.

Under the legislation that fell with the referendum, there was to be an Opposition Chairman.


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