Committee Reports::Report - A Statement reported in the press to have been made by a Member::29 April, 1964::Orders of Reference


6th December, 1961:—Ordered: That a Committee on Procedure and Privileges consisting of the Ceann Comhairle who shall be Chairman, and seventeen other Members to be nominated by the Committee of Selection, be appointed; that the Committee be empowered to consider matters of procedure generally and to recommend any additions to or amendments of the existing Standing Orders that may be deemed necessary, and to consider also and report as and when requested to do so as to the privileges attaching to Members.

That the quorum of the Committee be eight (Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach).

7th December, 1961:—Members appointed to serve on the Committee:—Deputies Blowick, Booth, J. Brennan, Colley, J. J. Collins, S. Collins, Cunningham, Esmonde, Faulkner, Gibbons, Kyne, MacCarthy, M. J. O’Higgins, O’Sullivan, Sherwin, Sweetman and Tully.

8th April, 1964:—The Taoiseach drew attention to a report in the Press of 7th April, 1964 in which the following statement was attributed to Deputy Richie Ryan:—

“Many members of Dáil Éireann are blatantly dishonest in this regard. They make claims for travel expenses when they travel in other Deputies’ cars”

and submitted that it seemed to involve a question of the privileges of Dáil Éireann.

The Ceann Comhairle ruled that the statement reported constituted a prima facie breach of privilege.

Ordered: That the matter be referred to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges (Taoiseach).