‘They are fitting us with a straitjacket’ – Oireachtas committee chairs hit back at legal constraints

The Supreme Court ruling on the Angela Kerins case four years ago is ‘hampering’ the Oireachtas’ ability to hold witnesses to account

The Supreme Court ruled that Oireachtas committees did not have blanket protection from litigation

When John Delaney of the FAI made his famously guarded appearance in front of the Oireachtas Committee on Sport in April 2019, it had been less than two months since the Supreme Court delivered the first half of its seismic judgement on the remit of Oireachtas committees in the case of Angela Kerins.

Delaney wasn’t shy in using the still uncertain implications of the Kerins case to warn TDs about to examine him at the ...