Electoral (Amendment) Act 2004

Prohibition on disclosure of information and absolute privilege of certain matters.


27. —(1) No person shall, without the consent of the Commission, disclose to any person any information obtained while serving as (or during service as) a member of the Commission or as a person whose services are made available to the Commission under section 24 or as a consultant or other person providing services to the Commission, being information relative to the business of the Commission or the performance of its functions.

(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €1,500.

(3) The following shall be absolutely privileged:

(a) documents of the Commission, and documents of its members connected with the Commission or its functions, wherever published;

(b) reports of the Commission, wherever published;

(c) statements made in any form at meetings or sittings of the Commission by its members or staff, consultants or other persons providing services to the Commission and such statements wherever published subsequently.