Wednesday, 17 September 1997
Seanad Éireann Debate
“Go ndéanfar an ráiteas atá leagtha amach sa Sceideal a ghabhann leis an Rún seo a fhorordú mar eolas do vótálaithe de bhun alt 23 d'Acht an Reifrinn, 1994 (Uimh. 12 de 1994), i ndáil leis an togra chun Airteagal 28 den Bhunreacht a leasú, atá ar áireamh sa Bhille um an Seachtú Leasú Déag ar an mBunreacht (Uimh. 2), 1997.
That the statement set out in the Schedule to this Resolution be prescribed for the information of voters pursuant to section 23 of the Referendum Act, 1994 (No. 12 of 1994), in relation to the proposal to amend Article 28 of the Constitution which is contained in the Seventeenth Amendment of the Constitution (No. 2) Bill, 1997.
‘3º The confidentiality of discussions at meetings of the Government shall be respected in all circumstances save only where the High Court determines that disclosure should be made in respect of a particular matter
(ii) de bhua leasa phoiblí sháraithigh, de bhun iarratais chuige sin ó bhinse arna chea-padh ag an Rialtas nó ag Aire den Rialtas le húdarás Thithe an Oireachtais chun fiosrú a dhéanamh faoi ní a luafaidh siad ina thaobh go bhfuil tábhacht phoiblí ann.'.
(ii) by virtue of an overriding public interest, pursuant to an application in that behalf by a tribunal appointed by the Government or a Minister of the Government on the authority of the Houses of the Oireachtas to inquire into a matter stated by them to be of public importance.'.
The Taoiseach: I thank Members of the House, both those on the Government side and in Opposition, for their co-operation. The passage of this Bill will allow the referendum details to be completed in sufficient time. I thank Senators for taking the matter on their first day back and I appreciate their courtesy in doing so. I will be back in the House again tomorrow morning.
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