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

5:55 pm

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

I have talked to the Parliamentary Counsel about this issue and the advice was that we must say that these functions must be assigned to "a committee". There is no reference to a new committee. The functions must be assigned to a committee of the House. It is for the Oireachtas to determine how many committees will be involved and to dissolve or create new committees, as it sees fit. Under the Constitution, the House is master of itself.


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