The Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Séan Ó Fearghaíl TD, has announced the establishment of an expert forum on Dáil privilege. The forum will examine issues surrounding the constitutional right to freedom of debate and will report to the Ceann Comhairle by the end of November.

The forum will examine how constitutional privilege should be applied in a modern parliament and in particular the application of existing rules. It will also consider possible sanctions for breaches of privilege and appropriate mechanisms for those adversely affected to vindicate their good name.

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