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IrelandCeann Comhairle apologises to Angela Kerins over PAC treatment

17:15  09 june  2019
17:15  09 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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The Ceann Comhairle is the chairperson (or speaker) of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (parliament) of Ireland. The person who holds the position is elected by members of the Dáil from among their number in the first session after each general election.

Ceann Comhairle on WN Network delivers the latest Videos and Editable pages for News & Events, including Entertainment, Music, Sports, Science The Ceann Comhairle is expected to observe strict impartiality. Despite this, a government usually tries to select a member of its own political party for

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CEANN COMHAIRLE SEÁN Ó Fearghaíl has apologised to Angela Kerins over her treatment by members of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Speaking to RTÉ’s This Week programme, Ó Fearghaíl said the recent Supreme Court judgement in relation to the questioning of the former Rehab CEO was “a watershed” moment for the Dáil.

In March the Supreme Court ruled the PAC acted unlawfully in its questioning.

“There has been much commentary outside about the chilling impact the Kerins judgement might have on the Oireachtas,” said Ó Fearghaíl.

The only thing I feel is chilling is the Supreme Court found that a committee in the last Dáil had effectively broken the law, had trampled on the rights of Ms Kerins, and that to me is chilling and I would personally apologise to Ms Kerins for the fact that happened.

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Ceann Comhairle 's wiki: The Ceann Comhairle ( Irish pronunciation: [caːn̪ˠ ˈkoːɾʲlʲə] , kahn korl -ah ; "head of the council") is the chairperson [2] (or speaker) [2] of [6] The first Ceann Comhairle was Cathal Brugha, who served for only one day, presiding over the house's symbolic first meeting, before

Mark Dalton forged Ceann Comhairle ’s name to steal money from housing association. A former parliamentary assistant and county councillor who forged the name of Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl on almost 300 Supreme Court says PAC treated Angela Kerins in ‘unlawful’ manner.

He said there is a determination to ensure that this type of situation will not happen again.

The Ceann Comhairle said there has to be an agreed protocol around how to deal with witnesses so that committees are “robustly questioning” them, but respecting them at the same time.

He also said the Dáil will be looking at streamlining how committees function to avoid “excessive duplication”.

“The idea of witnesses coming before two or three committees is patently ridiculous.”

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