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Constitution Committee Report must be acted on and not left on shelf says Morgan

18 March, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing and member of the Oireachtas All-Party on the Constitution Arthur Morgan T.D. has commented on leaked reports of the contents of the forthcoming report of that Committee on Property Rights.

Deputy Morgan said:

"The Oireachtas All-Party Committee on the Constitution is due to publish its report in the coming weeks. It has been indicated in media reports that it will make a number of significant recommendations. Sinn Féin has worked hard in this Committee to ensure that the common good is given precedence over the rights of private property and to ensure that progress can be made on righting the wrongs which currently exist in relation to land and house prices. Sinn Féin has also pursued the necessity to resolve the scandal of ground rents and I believe this will be reflected in the forthcoming report.

"Sinn Fein is however concerned that this report will be used as an election tool by Fianna Fáil and will be waved about by An Taoiseach in advance of the local and European elections in an attempt to show that the Government is doing something to address the housing crisis. The OAPCC has spent in excess of a year enquiring into the issue of property rights and the constitution. This report cannot be treated in the scandalous way which the majority of the other reports of the Committee have been treated. The majority of those 8 reports have been ignored by the Government and have simply sat on the shelf. Without a commitment to implementation all the work of the Committee will be worthless." ENDS

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