TDs to give CPP go-ahead for defence against O'Brien action
Published 06/10/2015 | 02:30
TDs are today expected to approve a motion permitting the Oireachtas to defend legal action taken against a Dáil committee by Denis O'Brien.
As part of Oireachtas rules, the Committee for Procedure and Privileges (CPP) must secure Dáil approval to issue a defence in the case taken by the well-known businessman.
The motion is expected to be passed this afternoon without the need for a formal debate.
Mr O'Brien is believed to be taking issue with the CPP's findings that Kildare TD Catherine Murphy did not abuse Dáil privilege when making allegations in the chamber earlier this year.
During a two-hour meeting last week, CPP members were given a legal briefing surrounding the High Court action initiated by the billionaire.
Sources present at the meeting told the Irish Independent that members were instructed not to make any further comments about the court action.
However, Ms Murphy subsequently released a statement strongly defending her actions in the Dáil earlier this year.
"It is extremely disappointing that the National Parliament and elected representatives are having to obtain legal advice on foot of a threat to the constitutionally protected Parliamentary privilege which is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy," Ms Murphy said.
"I reject any accusation that I interfered with the legal process. At all times I carried out my job as a public representative in the public interest."