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Robert Watt could face the Dáil vote after refusing to appear before the finance committee

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TDS and Senators may be asked to vote on this Robert Watts was due to appear before an Oireachtas finance committee after the Secretary-General of the Department of Health declined a request to appear before him.

Watt told the committee on Tuesday it was not “appropriate” to appear before him over the deputation debacle between Tony Holohan and Trinity, as he is accountable to the Oireachtas Health Committee.

The finance committee has now approved on request sense fineTo seek enforcement powers which would require a vote by the Dáil and the Seanad.

It must then seek the express permission of an internal Leinster House committee to compel Mr Watt to appear before it.

The process is likely to take several weeks but could result in a vote in the Dáil and Seanad plenary and a potentially embarrassing situation for both the Government and Mr Watt.

Mairéad Farrell and Pearse Doherty, the members of the Sinn Féin Committee, wrote to Chair John McGuinness on Wednesday to express their belief that they have no choice now but to try to give the committee greater foreclosure powers.

“As such, I urge this committee to write to the Committee on Parliamentary Prerogatives and Oversight (CPPO) to request this,” the letter said.

The letter outlines a two-step process, with the committee first writing to the CPPO of both houses – Dáil and Seanad – to request authority to dispatch the said individual and any related documents.

If the CPPO agrees, the power must be granted by the Dáil on request and the same goes for the Seanad as it is a joint committee.

“I believe it is now time for this committee to reassert itself, to reclaim the important scrutiny role it has been given and its responsibility for accountability among senior civil service positions,” the letter concludes.

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