Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has this morning launched her party’s political reform proposals.
Speaking at the launch in Dublin Deputy McDonald said;
“Sinn Féin’s political reform proposals are based on the party’s objective of building a new republic on this island based on equality for all citizens.
“We are looking at many issues including gender quotas, reducing the voting age, partial list systems and extending voting rights for northern citizens, citizens living abroad and non-citizens legally resident in the country for the last five years.
“The major focus of this coming Dáil term will be the budget and Sinn Féin’s reform proposals will seek to introduce a process of participatory budgeting which would compel the government to publish a draft budget for public consultation.
“We will also be seeking to introduce equality proofing for spending priorities of the president, parliament, executive and public bodies.
“We have proposals for better democratic representation, better oversight and accountability and better governance. We also have proposals to strengthen local government and to reverse the decision to abolish Údarás na Gaeltachta.
“Trust and confidence in the political system have been shattered as a consequence of the disastrous mismanagement of the economy, public services and state finances by the previous Fianna Fail-led administration.
“Sinn Féin’s political reform proposals are based on the principles of sovereignty, democracy, accountability, transparency, national unity, equality, the empowerment local communities and the creation of a political system where citizens comes first.”