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# Dáil privilege

Last month
April 2023
# the ditch
Editor of The Ditch defends website after criticism from Micheál Martin
Eoghan McNeill said he had thought ‘thanks Micheál, do you have anything to say about the actual story that we published?’, upon hearing Martin’s remarks.
Last year
# Leaders' Questions
Individual in leadership role at Blackrock College 'was told of abuse allegations in 2002', Dáil hears
Labour leader Ivana Bacik claimed that survivors who approached the individual were told to “go away” and return with “proof and a solicitor”.
# NDAs
Defamation legislation will not catch 'unseen layer' of non-disclosure agreements, warns TD
Neasa Hourigan said she is aware of several cases where the ‘powerful’ have targeted campaigners and journalists via legal action.
All time
# Rumours
Varadkar says SF TD who named Harris as leaker has no evidence and was just repeating a rumour
Matt Carthy accused Minister Simon Harris of leaking from Cabinet.
TD Matt Carthy claims a junior Fine Gael minister operated a 'sting operation' to uncover the leaker
Minister Simon Harris says Carthy's claims are untrue
Harris says he will 'consider very strongly" reporting the Carthy to the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges
# Dáil privilege
Denis O'Brien court cases have cost the State €340k in barrister fees
O’Brien had taken High Court and Supreme Court cases over utterances in the Dáil in a debate on Siteserv in 2015.
# PAC mentality
How relevant is the Kerins Supreme Court ruling to Oireachtas committees?
“We have to act within the law, whether we like it or not,” the chair of the Oireachtas Sports committee told his members this week.
# Denis O'Brien
Supreme Court told that judges have no power to decide if Dáil privilege is being used correctly
Denis O’Brien’s legal team has argued that TDs’ “extraordinary privilege” had led to a breach of his privacy in 2015.
# SiteServ
Denis O'Brien's privacy vs Dáil privilege: Arguments in businessman's Supreme Court appeal
He’s also contesting the decision that he should pay the costs of the High Court case that went against him.
# freedom of debate
Ceann Comhairle establishes expert forum on Dáil privilege
The announcement comes following comments made by TD Paul Murphy about garda testimonies during the Jobstown trial.
# Paul Murphy
Explainer: What is Dáil privilege and how can it be breached?
A row has erupted between TD Paul Murphy and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the concluded Jobstown trial.
# i don't condone it
Leo Varadkar tells Dáil Jobstown protest was like 'a scene from Lord of the Flies'
The Taoiseach also described the scenes as “ugly” and “violent”.
# Dáil privilege
Denis O'Brien must pay all costs after failed High Court case
Judge Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said that the issue of O’Brien’s “means to pay the costs” was not a factor in the decision.
# Garda Whistleblower
No record of Donegal garda's tax evasion and fraud claims, Dáil hears
Former garda Kieran Jackson had reported incidents of tax evasion by a now retired garda superintendent back in 2001, the Dáil was told.
# Next Move
Denis O'Brien to take his time pondering an appeal after 'disappointing' court ruling
He did say, however, that he was encouraged by some aspects of the courts’ judgement.
# Alan Farrell
FG TD feels 'vindicated' after ruling says he didn't defame Sinn Féin TDs in Dáil
The Committee on Procedure ruled that Alan Farrell didn’t breach Dáil privilege.
# strong words
'You're going to be shot': Sinn Féin TDs detail death threats received over Brian Stack Dáil row
Dessie Ellis said he’s passed on the threatening letters to the gardaí.
# Dáil privilege
Daly accuses judge of singling her out and wasting garda time by issuing bench warrant
“A sergeant had to leave his post in Newbridge, drive in a squad car to Swords and spend the day there vacating the order at enormous expense to the State.”
# Dáil privilege
Catherine Murphy makes more claims in the Dáil about Denis O'Brien's finances
The Kildare North TD alleges O’Brien went guarantor on a loan to a property developer.
# Courts
Denis O'Brien's legal action against the Oireachtas is back in court today
The action was taken by the businessman earlier this year over remarks made in the Dáil under privilege regarding his banking affairs with IBRC.
# Dáil privilege
Frank Flannery says Denis O'Brien is 'not above or below the law'
“People in the Third Reich thought what’s happening to the Jews would never happen to them, but finally the knock came.”
# Dáil privilege
Denis O'Brien has launched legal action against a Dáil committee
Every member of the CPP has been named in letters from the businessman’s lawyers.
# Privilege
IBRC is worried that their legal advice over Denis O'Brien will be made public in the Dáil
The judge is too.
'All of that is wrong': Alan Dukes disputes Dáil claims about Denis O'Brien's bank dealings
The former chairman of IBRC was speaking after today’s High Court ruling.
# Virtual silence
Why has the Taoiseach said nothing about the Denis O'Brien controversy?
Mary Lou McDonald is the latest opposition politician to criticise Enda Kenny.
# explosive allegations
Are politicians abusing their privilege?
Analysis: The way some TDs are using their constitutional right to absolute privilege in the Dáil has come in for criticism.
# shots fired
Now Joan Burton has had a go at Mary Lou over her 'stunt politics'
The row over the Sinn Féin deputy leader’s refusal to say sorry for her Dáil comments rumbles on.
# mary lou claims
Mary Harney denies shutting down offshore accounts inquiry
Several former TDs and ministers have strenuously denied any wrongdoing, after Mary Lou McDonald read out their names in the Dáil today.
# Penalty Points
TD: We didn't demonise those who had points cancelled by naming them in Dáil
Joan Collins has defended her naming of high-profile individuals who allegedly had penalty points cancelled in the Dáil chamber last December.