Tuesday 6 December 2016

It's strange that everyone waited until after inquiry before voicing concerns

Published 28/05/2016 | 02:30

Whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe Photo: Tom Burke
Whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe Photo: Tom Burke

There was a time when the privilege granted to TDs to make allegations in the Dáil, without fear of facing legal action as a result, was regarded as special.

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It was something to be used sparingly - and then only in special circumstances, where the information revealed was regarded as highly important and there were no other means of putting it in the public domain.

But now it seems to be used at will, irrespective of the rights of those being accused of wrongdoing and their inability to defend themselves - unless the allegations are repeated outside the Dáil, where there is no special privilege.

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