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Report on New EU Legislation more like a box-ticking exercise – Ó Snodaigh

20 November, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described the Special Report on New EU Legislation a more like a box-ticking exercise than a genuine analysis of the impact of EU legislation on Ireland.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The amount of EU legislation is so great that the Joint Committee does not have adequate time to devote to each EU proposal. This means that many important issues get little or no consideration or discussion in Leinster House, much less among the general public. Important decisions go through without consideration or debate. Adverse social consequences only show themselves later when damage may already be done.

"From a democratic point of view this is problematic. It gives rise to public hostility and cynicism regarding the whole process of European law-making.

"The report looks more like a box-ticking exercise than a genuine political analysis of the impact of EU legislation on Ireland. It does not outline a procedure for rejecting any given proposal. It seems that once a proposal is made then it seems to be inevitable that it will be adopted at some stage.

"The EU was supposed to add to the well-being of citizens. Indeed it has does in the past with legislation in the field of workers rights, equal opportunities, the environment and others. However, even in those areas where the EU has traditionally played a progressive role there is now a rolling back of such legislation." ENDS

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