Seanad debates

Thursday, 6 February 2003

Adjournment Matters. - Morris Tribunal.


I understand we cannot show favouritism to any particular individuals, nor can we prejudge the case of individuals. Equity requires that all parties to the tribunal be treated equally. To cover in advance the reasonable legal costs of all parties would be to pre-empt the power of the tribunal not to award costs to those who do not co-operate and undermine its greatest power in its search for the truth. The truth, after all, is what the tribunal is about. Counsel for the tribunal has already made it clear that establishing the truth in the Donegal affair will be of particular difficulty and I will not support any proposal that may hinder the tribunal in carrying out the tasks assigned to it by both Houses of the Oireachtas


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