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

8:25 pm

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour) | Oireachtas source

Yes. All documents that come to the Oireachtas are privileged unless they are set aside as not being privileged. The uniqueness of Oireachtas Members is that they have the right to receive communication from citizens without putting those citizens under hazard unless that communication interferes with the administration of law or criminal proceedings or is required by an investigation. This provision is not germane to the investigations, but it establishes the legal right to implement the protection of papers of Members of either House of the Oireachtas.


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