Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013

Confidentiality of draft reports.

36.— (1) A person who is given a draft report by the committee under section 35 shall not disclose it, or divulge in any way that the draft report has been given to that person, other than—

(a) with the prior consent in writing of the committee,

(b) to the extent necessary for the purposes of an application to the Court, or in any proceedings of the Part 2 inquiry, or

(c) to his or her legal practitioner.

(2) Privilege against defamation shall not apply to a draft report published by a person (not being a member of a House) in contravention of subsection (1).