Sinn Féin’s Party Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today submitted a substantial amendment to the government’s dáil reform proposals.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the government, despite past assurances, has failed to properly consult with opposition parties on how best to reform the Dáil and he also expressed concerns that without meaningful engagement their proposals would have only a limited impact.
“Sinn Féin has made clear its criticism of the government for failing to engage in any meaningful way with opposition parties on their plans to reform the Dáil. Instead, their priority is in rushing through changes so they can be made during the Autumn Dáil schedule.
“There should have been a thorough engagement with all of the political parties to work towards building a consensus on the proposed changes. The proper platform to achieve this was the Oireachtas Dáil Reform Committee where time could have been set aside to carefully consider these important matters.
“The government’s political reform proposals are hardly radical and instead amount to a tweaking of the weekly schedule. Sinn Féin has put forward a number of progressive measures that if implemented would maximise a TD’s productivity whilst maintaining effective representation at a constituency level.
“We have also presented a radical programme for more extensive political reform in our document ‘Towards a new Republic’ which provides a framework that would ensure a complete overhaul of the political system in the 26 Counties.”