Commission To Inquire Into Child Abuse Act, 2000

Option for certain persons in relation to evidence to a Committee.

19.—(1) Notwithstanding section 14 (4), a person who is giving, or is to give, evidence to a Committee of alleged abuse suffered by the person in childhood may at any time cease giving, or decline to give, evidence to that Committee and, if he or she does so, may give evidence to the other Committee of the alleged abuse.

(2) Where a person has ceased giving, or declined to give, evidence to a Committee pursuant to subsection (1), the evidence given or any statement or outline of the evidence proposed to be given by the person shall be disregarded for all purposes other than the purposes of proceedings in relation to an offence under section 14 (7) or 29 , and section 18 (1) shall be construed and have effect accordingly.