Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 27 February, 1997
Written Answers. - Hepatitis C Tribunal.
Dr. Woods Dr. Woods
90. Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Health the provision, if any, he has made to make the transcript of evidence given at the hepatitis C tribunal available to the public; and if not, if he will consider doing so. [5500/97]
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick-East) Michael Noonan
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick-East): The Hepatitis C Tribunal of Inquiry was established under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, 1921, as adapted by or under subsequent enactments, and the Tribunals of  Inquiry (Evidence) (Amendment) Act, 1979. Under the 1921 Act a Tribunal “shall not refuse to allow the public or any portion of the public to be present at any of the proceedings of the tribunal unless in the opinion of the tribunal it is in the public interest expedient to do so for reasons connected with the subject matter of the Inquiry or the nature of the evidence to be given”. The proceedings of the Hepatitis C Tribunal of Inquiry were at all times open to the public.
The purpose of having a transcript of the proceedings was essentially to assist the tribunal and the various legal representatives to carry out the work of the tribunal of inquiry. However, I am considering the possibility of making a copy of the transcript available to the public. The transcript of each day's hearings amounted to between 150 and 200 pages and the tribunal sat for 25 days. The report of the tribunal will be the definitive account of the tribunal proceedings.
Dáil Éireann 475 Written Answers. Hepatitis C Tribunal.