Saturday 18 November 2017

Why can't Oireachtas get inquiries right?

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Editorial

Editorial

When the Government sought to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Abbeylara by referendum four years ago, the electorate said: "No, thanks."

It fell in part because the planned legislation underpinning the Oireachtas Inquiries referendum called into question whether any person subject to an inquiry would have recourse to the courts if they believed their rights had been breached.

The intervention by eight former Attorneys General also dissuaded voters from granting powers to politicians to making adverse findings of fact against persons.

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