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Sub-Committee on the Mini CTC Signalling Project

Press Release / Immediate 4 May 2001

SUB-COMMITTEE WRITES TO PARTIES CONCERNED WITH MINI CTC SIGNALLING PROJECT

The sub-Committee on the Mini CTC Signalling Project of the Joint Committee on Public Enterprise and Transport, which is inquiring into the cost over-run on Iarnród Éireann’s new signalling system and related matters, has today written to all parties previously directed to provide papers and other materials.

A number of parties have made representations to the sub-Committee concerning the time limits for the discovery of documents. Furthermore, additional information coming to the attention of the sub-Committee may lead it to seek an expansion of it’s Terms of Reference. In light of these developments and in the interest of fair procedure, the sub-Committee has decided to withdraw the directions already given to parties. The sub-Committee proposes to give fresh directions to those parties concerned at an early date.

Commenting on the decision taken by the sub-Committee , the Chairman Mr. Seán Doherty T.D. said

" I am anxious that all of the actions of this sub-Committee are absolutely fair. This sworn inquiry, which is in the public interest, is an innovative development in Parliamentary scrutiny which follows on the success of the Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into DIRT. Both scrutiny and inquiry are essential aspects of the legislative and representative roles of Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas. However, we can and must be fair in the exercise of those duties."

The sub-Committee anticipates that the hearings on the Mini CTC Signalling Project will commence mid - late June 2001.

ENDS /

Further Information:

Seán Doherty T.D., + 353 (0) 1 618 3000

Verona Ní Bhroinn, Public Relations Officer: + 353 (0) 1 618 3066 info@oireachtas.ie