Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Enda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
If all that is being collected are newspaper cuttings and relevant current affairs information, why is it not possible to place the information in the Oireachtas Library daily so that everybody can access it?
Did the communications unit, for example, monitor the information given by an officer from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs yesterday? I heard the officer give that information and am glad the Minister, his driver and the tourists involved will be safe and well. However, that information was clearly incorrect. During the discussion on the radio about the accident, I received a text message from somebody in Killarney informing me that the car had been burned out. Did the communications unit monitor the radio report? It may be that the officer in question was not given the relevant information. However, if the unit works 18 hours a day, the information it provides should be correct. If it is only transcripts and newspaper cuttings that are available, why can they not be placed in the Oireachtas Library so that Members from all parties can access the same information as is supplied to Departments and Ministers?