Thursday 27 April 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

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

Willie O'Dea

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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