Monday 24 April 2017

Businessman Denis O’Brien is taking legal action against Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privilege (CPP)

Mr O’Brien named all the elected representatives on the committee in his action.
Mr O’Brien named all the elected representatives on the committee in his action.
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

BUSINESSMAN Denis O’Brien is taking legal action against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privilege (CPP).

Mr O’Brien named all the elected representatives on the committee in his action, which relates to a review of claims that Independent TD Catherine Murphy breached Dáil privilege.

Mr O’Brien lodged a complaint with the CPP after Ms Murphy used a Dáil debate to detail what she believes to be the businessman’s banking arrangements with IBRC.

The CPP found that Ms Murphy had not breached Dáil privilege.

Independent Waterford TD and CPP member John Halligan said the committee’s legal advice was that there was no case for censoring Ms Murphy.

“We weren’t in a position to say definitively if Catherine Murphy was right or wrong,” Mr Hallingan

“It’s the Dáil, and people are allowed say what they like under Dáil privilege and until Dáil privilege is changed we can’t do anything about that,” he added

The Clerk of the CPP, Noreen Banim, wrote to committee members on Friday informing them that Mr O’Brien named them all in his legal action.

“I have to inform you that each member of CPP has been named as a party to High Court proceedings brought by Mr Denis O'Brien,” Ms Banim wrote.

She added: “This relates to CPP's findings on utterances made in the chamber relating to Mr O'Brien.

The Parliamentary Legal Advisor's Office (PLAO) has prepared advices which have been placed in your Leinster House pigeon-hole, and which give details of the proceedings.

I am sending this to CPP members in order that CPP be kept informed of developments.

It is proposed that CPP meet to consider the matter when the Dáil resumes in September, at which point, CPP will receive a full briefing from the PLAO.

In the meantime, no action is required by you in relation to the matter.”

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