Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Bertie Ahern (Taoiseach; Dublin Central, Fianna Fail)
The only news I heard was what was on the headlines and the report that the car was burned out. I did not hear any more on it.
In the normal course of events, the unit merely reports the headlines of the main national news, the larger Dublin local news stations, Independent Network News, INN, which is broadcast throughout the country, and the morning newspapers. It merely provides a list of what is in the news. The newspapers are in the Oireachtas Library. The unit's report is merely a list and comes without comment. It is purely a list of what has been put out by the media. We have shown copies of the report to people around the House several times and people have seen them around. There is nothing extraordinary about them. They consist of simple data prepared by six civil servants. The Deputy would not be any more informed by them than he would by his text machine.