The Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions today launched the petitions system. This system will allow citizens a direct route to raise their experiences and recommendations for public services with the Oireachtas.
Chairperson of the Committee, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toíbín, has overseen the development of the community over the past year. The committee has developed a working practise based on consensus and with the support of all parties.
Peadar Tóibín TD said;
“This is an important innovation in parliamentary democracy. For the first time in the 93 year history of the Oireachtas citizens will have a direct route to influence the parliamentary agenda.
“Recent history is full of examples of citizens having to campaign for years to change abuses or failings in public services. I would hope that this petitions system will mean that such failings can be addressed directly, in real time, and not at the end of lengthy campaigns
“I believe that those best qualified to comment on the effectiveness of our public services are its users. Therefore the experiences of our citizens will now be placed at the centre of the petitions system which will influence development and delivery of effective public services.”