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 Report of the Sub Committee on Legislation and Security

Inquiry into the events of 11 to 15 November 1994

Meetings held, Witnesses Examined and Statements Received


Following its appointment, the sub-Committee met on Thursday, 15th December, 1994 and has since met in public session on twelve occasions and questioned the following witnesses: 

 

  • Tuesday, 20th December, 1994 Mr. Eoghan Fitzsimons S.C. and Mr Harry Whelehan, S.C.
  • Wednesday, 21st December, 1994 Mr. Harry Whelehan, S.C. and Mr. Matthew Russell, Office of the Attorney General.
  • Thursday, 22nd December, 1994 Mr. Matthew Russell, Office of the Attorney General.
  • Wednesday, 4th January, 1995 Mr. James Hamilton, Office of the Attorney General and Mr.Richard Barrett. Office of the Attorney General.
  • Thursday, 5th January, 1995 Deputy Albert Reynolds.
  • Tuesday, 10th January, 1995 Deputy Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
  • Wednesday, 11th January, 1995 Deputy Bertie Ahern and Deputy Michael Woods.
  • Thursday, 12th January, 1995 Deputy Noel Dempsey and Dr. Martin Mansergh.
  • Tuesday, 17th January, 1995 An Tánaiste, Deputy Dick Spring and Deputy Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Finance.
  • Wednesday, 18th January, 1995 Deputy Brendan Howlin, Minister for the Environment, Mr. Fergus Finlay and Mr. John Rogers, S.C.
  • Wednesday, 25th January, 1995 Dr. Martin Mansergh.
  • Thursday, 26th January, 1995 Deputy Charlie McCreevy.

 

 

There were also 26 private sessions of the sub-Committee.

 

 

The sub-Committee requested and received written statements from the following:

 

 

(i) Deputy Joe Walsh.
(ii) Deputy Charlie McCreevy.
(iii) Deputy Brian Cowen.
(iv) Deputy David Andrews.
(v) Deputy Michael Smith.
(vi) Deputy Mervyn Taylor, Minister for Equality and Law Reform,
(vii) Mr. Tim Dalton, Secretary, Department of Justice.
(viii) Mr. Declan Ingoldsby, Higher Executive Officer, Department of the Taoiseach.
(ix) Mr Patrick Teahon, Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach.

 

 

In the cases of Deputy Rabbitte, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Enterprise and Employment, and Mr. Dalton, the sub-Committee had requested them to attend for the purposes of answering questions but subsequently decided to request written statements from them instead. Minister of State Rabbitte did not supply the sub-Committee with a statement as he indicated that he did not see how he could be of assistance to the sub-Committee under the terms of reference.

 

 

On foot of the statements received, the sub-Committee decided to take evidence from Deputy McCreevy. Following a letter from Dr. Mansergh to the Chairman dated 18th January, 1995, the sub-Committee decided to take further evidence from him on 25th January, 1995.

- Extract from Report of the Sub Committee on Legislation and Security 1995. The full text of the hearings is available in the report.


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