Tuesday 20 February 2018

Howlin: No witch hunts Brendan Howlin: assurances

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

PUBLIC Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has insisted that there will be no "witch hunt" of TDs under his new Dail inquiries bill.

It will also allow for the setting up of a long-awaited banking inquiry.

He is steering through a bill to allow Dail committees to carry out inquiries into matters of concern – including the conduct of TDs. But he insisted there were safeguards in the bill to prevent an inquiry turning into a "witch hunt".

"Fair procedures are afforded to every citizen under the constitution and that will continue to be the case," he said.

It came after Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald said there was a need to prevent anything that might resemble a "witch hunt" or a "star chamber" – a 16th Century English court held in secret with no witnesses.

Irish Independent

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