Minister Brendan Howlin didn’t seem to think mileage, expenses or attendance records were “private papers” pic.twitter.com/Z7FK4sFTjh
— Ken Foxe (@kenfoxe) August 10, 2016
A clip from a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform discussing the Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures Bill 2013
You may recall journalist Ken Foxe’s ongoing efforts to obtain the invoices and receipts submitted by 22 TDs and Senators.
He’s been denied access, and has been told the expenses are ‘private papers’.
At the weekend, Mr Foxe tweeted the video clip above and called into question the differences between what was said and the official Oireachtas transcript.
This is a transcript of what was said:
Sean Fleming: “…like we have no problem. Our fobs everyday, I think it’s in the paper, our attendance, from the, our electronic papers of everyday, we fob in here, and our mileage and our expenses. There’s a whole lot of records and [inaudible] that are published.”
Brendan Howlin: “That’s procedural. They’re not private papers. It’s up to the Oireachtas itself to determine private papers but I mean there will be communications that should be privileged. There are things that should not be determined to be private papers. The Oireachtas will set those rules.”
The official Oireachtas transcript, via Kildarestreet.com.
Previously: Crazy Like A Foxe