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Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Compellability, Privileges and Immunities of Witnesses) Act, 1997

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Number 17 of 1997


COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS (COMPELLABILITY, PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF WITNESSES) ACT, 1997


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Interpretation.

2.

Application of sections 3 to 14 and 16.

3.

Power of committees to obtain evidence.

4.

Irrelevant evidence.

5.

Exemption of certain evidence, etc., from section 3.

6.

Exemption of certain evidence, etc., from section 3 in particular circumstances.

7.

Declarations in relation to directions.

8.

Provisions in relation to proceedings in High Court.

9.

Provisions supplementary to section 3.

10.

Right of audience, etc., of certain persons before committees.

11.

Privileges and immunities of witnesses, etc., before committees.

12.

Non-admissibility in criminal proceedings of evidence given to committees.

13.

Procedure of committees.

14.

Evidence on oath.

15.

Restriction on evidence, etc., of certain persons.

16.

Saver and restriction of Official Secrets Act, 1963.

17.

Provisions in relation to offences.

18.

Short title, commencement and cesser.


Acts Referred to

Civil Service Regulation Act, 1956

No. 46 of 1956

Court Officers Act, 1926

No. 27 of 1926

Local Government Act, 1941

No. 23 of 1941

Official Secrets Act, 1963

No. 1 of 1963

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Number 17 of 1997


COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS (COMPELLABILITY, PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF WITNESSES) ACT, 1997


AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION REGARDING COMPELLABILITY AND THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF WITNESSES BEFORE COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [5th May, 1997]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: