Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Group Leader Darragh O’Brien has called for a special siting of Seanad Éireann next week.
Speaking this evening Senator O’Brien said: “In light of the refusal of the Taoiseach to recall the Dáil to discuss the threat to absolute privilege on comments made by Oireachtas members Fianna Fáil has contacted the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad to hold a special sitting next week.
“The question of a threat to the absolute privilege in respect of comments by members of the Oireachtas in the public domain in recent days is major issue of national importance. This privilege is afforded to members of the Dáil and Seanad in the public interest. I have consulted with party colleagues today, including Senator Thomas Byrne, and there is a strong feeling within the Oireachtas that these matters must be debated.
“I understand from my colleagues in the Dáil that the Government Chief Whip has written to inform them that the Dáil will not sit until June 9th. The Irish people have spoken on the question of Seanad Éireann and are clear that they want it to play a full and active role in our democracy. I believe that Seanad Éireann should assert its independence and hold a special sitting next week to discuss these important matters.”