So Denis says he respects Dail Privilege unless someone uses it to take another’s good name.
That would be qualified. Which is not what the Constitution says. What it says is very simple. One imagines his lawyers, his PR people, he himself, can read this simple sentence.
12 All official reports and publications of the Oireachtas or of either House thereof and utterances made in either House wherever published shall be privileged.
Thats it. All. Not some, all. In toto. The constitution gives the parliament the right to police itself. The framing trusted the members to behave, and not abuse the privilege given. And, for the most part, they do. We do not see Senators accusing each other of coprophagic necrophila, nor TD’s accusing left right and center of fraud and murder. They behave, more or less.
If Denis wants to amend S12 to read ” All official reports and publications of the Oireachtas or of either House thereof and utterances made in either House wherever published shall be privileged, except when they say something nasty about someone who doesn’t even live in the country” then he should start a movement,