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 Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

My reading of section 90 is that it would enable civil servants, who are the permanent government, to give a full and factual sequential account of what happened, including - and I ask the Minister to confirm this - the options that may have been considered and what was communicated by any person during the course of events. I understand the concern the Minister has with regard to witnesses coming before an inquiry who are shut down and unable to give full information. The clarification is with regard to where this factual account of options ends and where an expression of opinion as to whether the right or wrong option was selected begins. This is the issue.


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