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

6:05 pm

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

Section 6 makes provision for an inquiry limited to recording and reporting evidence and making findings of uncontested fact. The witnesses are called and the evidence presented is reported. We must remain within the confines of the Abbeylara judgment. We cannot find adverse facts against somebody who is not constitutionally amenable to the Oireachtas. The view is that this is as far as we can go. I think the provisions of the section are constitutionally robust.


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