Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Possible Judicial Intervention in Work of Parliamentary Committees

Two landmark judgments delivered by the Supreme Court in Kerins v McGuinness and O’Brien v Clerk of Dáil Éireann have confirmed that the conduct of Oireachtas committees may be reviewed by the courts in certain very limited circumstances, while re-stating the previously understood constitutional principles of parliamentary privilege and the separation of powers.

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