Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013

116.

Offences — Part 11.

116.— (1) Where an official document of a House is knowingly or recklessly disclosed by a person other than a member and such disclosure is not authorised by a provision of this Part, the person is guilty of an offence.

(2) Where a person discloses an official document of a House in contravention of subsection (1), any other person who publishes the document is guilty of an offence, regardless of how he or she acquired the document or the content of the document.

(3) A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (2) is liable—

( a) on summary conviction, to a class A fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or both, or

( b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €500,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or both.