Ombudsman urges Oireachtas committee to think beyond political lines

Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has urged the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture Fisheries and Food to consider the Lost at Sea case outside of the constraints of party political lines.

Addressing the committee this morning, Ms O'Reilly said she does not believe acceptance of the report would lead to a cascade of follow on complaints, leading to a significant cost to the state. She said a number of complaints have been received about the scheme, but the complaint from the Byrne family from Donegal was the only one she upheld.............

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Ms O'Reilly urged the committee to consider the Byrne case from the perspective of fairness, rather than that of financial implications.

She said consideration of the issue must transcend political lines.............

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