The Price Of Dáil Privilege


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Last night.

On RTÉ’s Six One, anchor Brian Dobson introduced a news item, by RTÉ’s political correspondent, saying the following:

The Ceann Comhairle has said additional measures may have to considered by the Oireachtas for deputies who abuse Dáil privilege and name individuals unfairly in the chamber. “

The news item included footage of Ms Fitzgerald interviewing the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl and, while it didn’t broadcast the full interview, the report presented Mr Ó Fearghaíl’s responses.

Martina Fitzgerald (voiceover): “While he says it’s important that deputies raise issues of public importance under Dáil privilege, he says they may also have to have a look at new regulations for those who abuse the privilege.”

Seán Ó Fhearghaíl: “The new Committee of Procedures, I would hope, will draw up a set of measures to deal with such eventualities.”

Fitzgerald (voiceover): “And what about fining them?

Ó Fhearghaíl: “I don’t know, I don’t know. It would seem to me, to be a pretty crude instrument but it might be an effective instrument. I’m willing to consider that. If that’s proposed and agreed by the CP, I’ve no difficulty with that approach.”


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26 thoughts on “The Price Of Dáil Privilege

  1. dav

    ah the elites don’t like the public glare, they are getting their serfs in civilwarshirts to change the rules to protect them.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      Don’t use the ‘eilite’ word because they are not elite. The more it gets used, the more they believe it and the more you’ll believe it too.

      Effing Blueshirts.

  2. Walter-Ego

    Only for naming names under Dail privilege, the general public would not hear about the write downs of DOBs loans and favorable deals. We would not know about fixers fees and Namas shady deals. They are trying to stifle any sort of dissent and inquiries.

  3. Anne

    New measures just for Mick.. ruffling a few feathers now isn’t he.

    The Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, kept reprimanding Mick Wallace there recently not to be naming names…. He was fupping naming people who’ve already been charged.

    He also named a person who was working for NAMA previously, who was now a director at REIT properties..

    I mean this is all public record stuff.
    The mic was taken away from Mick again there recently..

    I’ll get the piece.. one sec.

  4. Anne

    Here.. 5 seconds in and he mentions Frank Cushnahan and the 5 million back hander.

    I mean there was a BBC programme about this.

    Yet Seán Ó Fearghaíl, stops him and says, “deputy please, do not make allegiations against somebody outside of the house. That is not in order”

    5 seconds in…. and he continues to reprimand him and the mic gets taken away.

    There’s been charges brought against Frank Cushnahan.. these are not “allegations” coming from Mick alone.

  5. Kieran NYC

    He can fupp ALL the way off.

    For every Mary Lou abusing it for political reasons, there are many more times when people like Wallace have brought valuable information to light.

    1. mauriac

      yeah shure it’s only a cornerstone of parliamentary democracy for hundreds years but DOB and a few spivs are agin it so fupp it

  6. Anne

    There are ways of naming people too, without naming them ye shower of useless fupp wits.

    Redacted – the persons referenced a lot in the Moriarty report for bribing a politician – aint happy with what’s been said in the Dail at all, lately is he? See what I mean.. shower of toss pots.

    I mean seriously.. why not put that fat fupp himself in the Ceann Comhairle seat and be done with the idea that we have a functioning democracy.

  7. Anne

    Min 20:35 there –

    The Ceann Comhairle has said additional measures may have to be considered by the Oireachtas, for deputies who abuse Dail privilege and who name individuals unfairly in the chamber

    In what sense would any individual be named unfairly? How would you define that? Unfairly in the sense that the person objects? Would they be named ‘unfairly’ even if you have insider information and documentation to support what you’re saying.. FOI requests etc.

    I want to see Dail procedures in place for TDs who are being stifled and shut down from naming people and bringing attention to matters, specifically to matters that are already public knowledge.

    This makes a joke of a Dail.. Ye might as well put a direct live feed in there to He Who Can’t Be Named, and see what he’s ok with.

    They’re rotten to the core.

    1. Kieran NYC

      Mary Lou spouting off about fictitious Ansbacher accounts last year to try and deflect attention away from a SF scandal, for one.

      1. Adamski

        That was a farce. And she got away scot free having achieved her objective

        1. Owen C

          They were ficticious. The people she claimed had accounts denied having accounts and Mary Lou never mentioned it again.

  8. phil

    But its ok when the establishment do it?

    …the claim made in Dáil Éireann by the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, that either Frank Connolly or the CPI, or both, could pose a threat to the security of the State is entirely without evidential basis, unsustainable, and totally untrue.”

    remember this ?:

    It is my belief if the CPI wasnt destroyed by the establishment we would not be where we are now

  9. Tish Mahorey

    Sweaty and bloated.

    Needs a better diet and some brisks walks on a regular basis.

  10. Mulder

    The price, is silence and to conform, sweep it under the carpet.
    See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil only pious crap and cliches.

  11. Mulder

    Yeah as an aside i am on the naughty list and if this relates to the Chris Froome post, where i put up a jokey post, saying i did not seek to imply or infer that he was, ye know taking, which he is not.
    He is unlikely to sue.
    So just to say.
    Would only use that disclaimer on a blog and only as a joke to make a joke of it.

  12. perricrisptayto

    This is entirely in one particular persons interest. He has given the order to his troops to ensure his “good” remains protected at all costs. Particulary as his mates missus is due to take control in Amerca.Imagine if he couldnt go to THAT party.

  13. Truth in the News

    Are not utterances in the Dail Privelaged, so how can its Chairman interfere
    with a constitutional right

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