The Ceann Comhairle, Mr Séan Ó Fearghaíl TD, established a Forum on Parliamentary Privilege on 21 July 2017. The forum will examine matters around the fair balance to be struck between freedom of debate for Members of the Dáil and the rights of individuals.

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Terms of reference have been defined for the Forum and a data protection policy is in place for handling all submissions received.

The Forum will offer advice and recommendations to the Ceann Comhairle, who will bring a report to the Dáil Committee on Procedure for its consideration.

Members of the forum

C Bradley

Conleth Bradley

Conleth Bradley SC is a practising barrister specialising in constitutional and administrative law.

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David Farrell

Professor David Farrell holds the Chair of Politics at UCD where he is Head of Politics and International Relations. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, Speaker of the Council of the European Consortium for Political Research, and a former President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.  His research focuses on the study of parties, elections and parliaments. He is currently the ‘research leader’ of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, and a member of the Welsh Assembly’s Expert Panel on Electoral Reform.

Mary Hanifin

Mary Hanafin

Mary Hanafin was a TD from 1997-2011. She held a number of Ministerial appointments, including Government Chief Whip, where she developed knowledge of the rules and procedures of Dáil Éireann. She is currently a Councillor on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Conor Brady

Conor Brady

Conor Brady was editor of The Irish Times from 1986 to 2003, having held senior roles in print and broadcast journalism. He was a founding Commissioner of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and serves on a number of state boards. He writes weekly on current affairs and politics for The Sunday Times.

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I am acutely aware of the need to balance the Constitutional right to freedom of debate during Parliamentary proceedings and the right of private individuals to their good name.

Séan Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle