Updated: 31/01/17 : 07:04:15
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Kerins PAC court challenge judgement today

Former CEO of the Rehab group, Angela Kerins, will find out this morning if her legal challenge to the way the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee carried out public hearings into the group, has been successful.

Three High Court judges will give their decision, which will determine if she can pursue a claim for damages against the committee and the state.

RTÉ reports that Ms Kerins said two hearings by the Public Accounts Committee into money paid to the Rehab group, amounted to a witch hunt against her.

Her lawyers told the High Court last year she was so overwhelmed by what happened at the first hearing in February 2014, she tried to take her own life two weeks later.

She wants damages for personal injury, loss of reputation and loss of career.

One of the main issues to be decided this morning is whether or not the courts can intervene at all in relation to Dáil committee proceedings.

The judgment is likely to have implications for all Oireachtas committees.

It will also have implications for the separate case taken by businessman Denis O'Brien over statements made by two TDs in the Dáil about his banking affairs.

UPDATE

Angela Kerins has lost her legal challenge.