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

8:15 pm

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

I appreciate this but I disagree that their opinion does not matter. To give the banking inquiry as an example, some State employees were present and had expert opinion and inside opinion. A committee of inquiry might call an expert and ask his or her opinion and it would be argued his or her opinion matters. I understand what the Minister stated but I see no downside to a committee of inquiry being able to ask for the opinion of a State employee. I fully accept that this would not be about holding State employees accountable for this policy, which is the crux of what the Minister stated, as the Government of the time would be held accountable.


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