Thursday 23 February 2017

Privilege should always come with a price for members of Dail Eireann

Businessman Denis O'Brien's decision to challenge the Dail is not a cause for dismay, writes Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea

Disagreement: Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin believes that Denis O’Brien has the right to make his legal challenge, but that he should not avail of that right
Disagreement: Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin believes that Denis O’Brien has the right to make his legal challenge, but that he should not avail of that right

Let us be clear. I am in no way beholden to Denis O'Brien.

Last week, I defended the notion that a person, however great or humble, has a legal right to go to court and that they are perfectly entitled to exercise that right.

I instanced Denis O'Brien's recent announcement that he intended to challenge the decision of the Dail's Committee on Privileges and Procedures. I imagined that what I said was self-evident. The reaction I received, however, seemed to indicate that I had said something outrageous. I am still puzzled about why that was so.

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