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TDs must be free to question actions of powerful and privileged without fear or favour – Adams

4 August, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has said that the TDs must be able to question the actions of the powerful and the privileged “without fear or favour”. His remarks follow the listing of 10 Oireachtas members by businessman Denis O’Brien in legal proceedings.

Gerry Adams said:

“All citizens are entitled to the protection of their good name. However, the principle of Dáil privilege is a key provision in the democratic process.

“It is a disturbing development when a very powerful businessman seeks to interfere with the business of the Dáil.

“Let’s remember that Denis O'Brien already succeeded for a period in preventing media outlets reporting on Dáil proceedings.

“None of this is healthy for democracy. It does not serve the interests of citizens.

“TDs must be free to questions the actions of the powerful and the privileged without fear or favour.” 

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