Ff To Write To Ceann Comhairle Over Shatter Request For Exclusion From Investigation

FF TO WRITE TO CEANN COMHAIRLE OVER SHATTER REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION FROM INVESTIGATION

The Fianna Fáil leader says he will be formally writing to the Dáil Ceann Comhairle in relation to an attempt by Alan Shatter to cancel a debate on a Commission of Investigation.

It’s emerged that Deputy Shatter wrote to Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett trying to prevent the Commission of Investigation from looking into his handling of alleged Garda malpractice.

The former minister said the commission could threaten his own legal action against the findings of the Guerin report.

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin says it is fundamental that the Dáil be allowed to debate the inquiries it is establishing.

“We will be writing formally to the Ceann Comhairle in relation to this, but I understand that the Committee on Procedure and Privilege will also be meeting in relation to this – at least that’s what the chief whip Paul Kehoe said to me after the other business in the Dail yesterday” he said.

“I think it’s fundamental to the way we operate in the Dail”.

“It is unprecedented that the establishment of an inquiry is accompanied by no debate” he added.

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