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Chief Whip rules out Dáil recall over 'crisis'

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

The Government's Chief Whip has ruled out the prospect of the Dáil being recalled this week amid claims that the parliament's independence has come under attack
The Government's Chief Whip has ruled out the prospect of the Dáil being recalled this week amid claims that the parliament's independence has come under attack

The Government's Chief Whip has ruled out the prospect of the Dáil being recalled this week amid claims that the parliament's independence has come under attack.

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Fine Gael minister Paul Kehoe told the Irish Independent that the Coalition is "deeply conscious" of the need to protect the rights of TDs in light of the political storm involving businessman Denis O'Brien.

The Opposition is demanding that the Government intervenes to resolve what it describes as a "constitutional crisis" involving the Houses of the Oireachtas and the judicial system.

But Mr Kehoe said the Oireachtas must respect court action being taken by a number of media outlets which are seeking permission to publish comments made in the Dáil about the relationship between Mr O'Brien and IBRC.

Mr O'Brien's spokesman James Morrissey told RTÉ that the businessman will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the privacy of his finances.

Irish Independent

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