Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (369)

Michael Healy-Rae


369. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the transcripts of the Morris Tribunal are copyrighted to private companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11527/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

My Department has been informed that the Morris Tribunal tendered for the supply of a stenography service for the Tribunal. The contract between the Tribunal and the successful company included a clause to the effect that the Tribunal would own the copyright of the proceedings. In effect, the stenography company in question relinquished its own copyright in this instance. At a later stage in the Tribunal's proceedings and following consultation with the Chairman, it was agreed to provide public access to the transcripts of the various modules, in a read only format, on the Tribunal website, www.morristribunal.ie.