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Someone in government says something about the not being allowed to mention something controversy…but… May 29, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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…it’s not exactly a full-throated defence of parliamentary privilege.

The good:

Speaking to reporters after the announcement of the Lansdowne Road agreement on Friday, Mr Howlin said the use of Dáil privilege was an “important hallmark” of a functioning democracy.

“Having utilised provisions of Dáil privilege myself, I think it is an important hallmark of a functioning democracy that any member of the Oireachtas can speak without fear or favour in our national parliament,” he said.

But…

Asked whether he believed the media should be able to report Ms Murphy’s remarks, Mr Howlin said that would be a matter for the Oireachtas itself to deliberate on in due course.

“I don’t want to comment on a court decision,” he said. “There is a separation of powers. I think that will be a matter for the Oireachtas itself in due course.

Though:

“I don’t know if [the situation] is unique but certainly it is something that would cause concern for members of the Oireachtas.”

But no recall of the Dáil…

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1. sonofstan - May 30, 2015

‘The Lansdowne Rd agreement’?
I feel as if the govt. is not exploring all avenues here and getting maximum return on its investment in these agreements. Surely there are sponsorship opportunities here?

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WorldbyStorm - May 30, 2015

It’s desperate stuff.

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