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

8:05 pm

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

I am very careful because I said it to her directly. Fortunately, the Secretary General of the Department, who was present, took a slightly more balanced view of the matter and we got some information. I have seen this type of provision being abused by officials of the State, thereby preventing the Committee of Public Accounts from doing its legitimate work. If this section replicates the existing powers, the same thing can happen. A committee could be 18 months into an inquiry when a Secretary General decides he or she does not want to co-operate and gets a Minister to sign a letter in order to close the inquiry. I am not happy with this section.


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