Saturday 20 January 2018

Democratic rights are at the heart of this bitter dispute


Former justice minister Alan Shatter.
Former justice minister Alan Shatter.
John Downing

John Downing

CAN Sean Barrett continue as Ceann Comhairle? That question was most frequently answered yesterday with: "It depends on Sean Barrett."

Beyond the political bubble it is hard to enthuse people about this issue. But it is important for democracy and citizens' rights. So, let's quickly recap.

Last Wednesday, the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, ruled out a debate on the terms of reference for a new commission of inquiry into alleged garda misbehaviour in Cavan-Monaghan. Mr Barrett cited a Dáil rule that its proceedings cannot cut across court cases or tribunal hearings.

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