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IrelandSupreme Court finds Dáil PAC acted unlawfully in treatment of former Rehab group chief Angela Kerins

14:10  29 may  2019
14:10  29 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court has found that the Dáil 's Public Accounts Committee acted significantly outside of its terms of reference in its dealings with the former Chief Executive of the Rehab group , Angela Kerins .

THE SUPREME COURT has ruled that the Public Accounts Committee acted unlawfully in its questioning of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins . The six judge court made the ruling this morning after it had determined in February that it had the power to find that PAC ’s actions unlawful .

Supreme Court finds Dáil PAC acted unlawfully in treatment of former Rehab group chief Angela Kerins © www.collinsphotos.com Angela Kerins. Photo: Collins Courts

The Supreme Court has found the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) acted unlawfully in its treatment of former Rehab Group chief executive Angela Kerins.

The ruling is highly significant, with major ramifications for the manner in which Oireachtas committees conduct their business in future.

Ms Kerins sued the committee, its clerk, the clerk of the Dáil, Ireland and the Attorney General over her treatment at two PAC meetings in 2014, the first of which she attended and the second she didn’t.

Earlier this year, the court found it had the power to declare the committee acted unlawfully, if it "as a whole" acted outside its remit and breached the terms of the invitation it extended to Ms Kerins to appear.

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The Supreme Court has declared the actions of the Dáil 's Public Accounts Committee as unlawful in its treatment of the former chief executive of the Rehab Group , Angela Kerins . The court said by conducting a public hearing in a manner significantly outside of its terms of reference and which also

A seven judge Supreme Court has ruled the Dáil Public Accounts Committee acted unlawfully in its treatment of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins ’ when The invitation and related correspondence permitted questioning about Ms Kerins salary and the operation by Rehab of three schemes funded

Supreme Court finds Dáil PAC acted unlawfully in treatment of former Rehab group chief Angela Kerins Court ruling: The Supreme Court found the PAC ‘acted significantly’ outside its terms of reference in a case taken by former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins

It sought further submissions on this and today gave its final ruling on the issue.

Reading the ruling of the seven-judge court, Chief Justice Frank Clarke said: "In the circumstances the court will grant a declaration in the following terms.

"A declaration that, by conducting a public hearing in a manner which was significantly outside of its terms of reference and which also departed significantly from the terms of reference and which also departed significantly from the terms of an invitation by virtue of which a citizen was requested to attend, the Public Accounts Committee of Dáil Éireann acted unlawfully."

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A SEVEN-judge Supreme Court has ruled the Dail Public Accounts Committee acted unlawfully in its treatment of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins when she appeared before two hearings of the committee. The court today granted Ms Kerins a declaration to that effect and made that declaration

Supreme Court found committee acted unlawfully in treatment of former Rehab chief in 2014. A judgment delivered last month by the Supreme Court which found PAC acted unlawfully as a whole in its treatment of Ms Kerins when “The Kerins judgment was a watershed for us here in the Dáil

The decision means Ms Kerins may now pursue further legal action in the High Court.

Mr Justice Clarke said the Supreme Court intended to award Ms Kerins both her costs in an earlier unsuccessful High Court action and her successful Supreme Court appeal.

Ms Kerins lost the earlier High Court case and had to pay a third of her costs under that ruling.

But this decision will now looks set to be set aside. The PAC has until this Friday to lodge an objection on the costs issue.

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