A move by the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl to take a fresh look at Dáil privilege has been strongly criticised by an Opposition TD.

People Before Profit's Bríd Smith objected to a new advisory group which will advise the Dáil Committee on Privilege and Procedures.

The Dublin South Central TD, who sits on that committee, said the advisory group does not have "a single voice of working class communities."

She has accused the Ceann Comhairle of insisting that the "elite of this country should make recommendations on behalf of those who are elected by people who are not part of that elite."

Ms Smith has now written to Mr Ó Fearghaíl to criticise the group with includes UCD politics professor David Farrell, barrister Conleth Bradley, journalist Conor Brady and former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin.

The Ceann Comhairle said "the four person group is a mixture of legal, media, academic and political viewpoints".

Mr Ó Fearghaíl believes new ways of dealing with abuses of Dáil privilege will have to be found because traditional reprimands may not work anymore.

He said that he is trying to ensure Dáil privilege is used appropriately and not abused.