The Fianna Fail TD, Liam Lawlor, has welcomed today's Supreme Court decision, upholding a High Court ruling quashing two orders made by the Flood Tribunal against him. Mr Lawlor now has a legal right to refuse to turn up at the Tribunal for questioning by lawyers in private session; he is also not required to swear an affidavit detailing any company interest he held between 1987 and 1994.

In the High Court Mr Lawlor successfully challenged two orders made against him by the Tribunal. The Supreme Court today agreed with the High Court's ruling that the Tribunal chairman had gone beyond his jurisdiction in making these orders. The Flood Tribunal appealed to the Supreme Court, where the five judges unanimously upheld the High Court ruling.