PAC Meeting | Oct 23, 2014
Deputy John Deasy: I have a practical question that applies to everything we are doing... If we deal with the Health Service Executive or the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport or a body funded by a Department that wants to come in here to explain a situation to money expended from the public purse, is that unlawful then? We are getting to a point of absolute absurdity here.
Clerk to the Committee: Yes.
Deputy John Deasy: The Oireachtas commission should cop itself on with regard to the workings of this committee. It will constrain everything this committee does if it applies that kind of attitude. That should be registered. If the commission does not understand what this committee does - it is becoming clear it may not-----
Deputy Shane Ross: It understands it very well.
Deputy John Deasy: If that is the case then, as I said, from a practical standpoint that an agency that is funded by a Department would request to be here, is it the case that the Oireachtas commission will prevent that by sending us a legal letter every time it occurs? This is a reasonable issue that needs to be dealt with now.