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Government excludes Sinn Féin and Independents from Oireachtas Commission

30 June, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has objected to the exclusion of Sinn Féin and Independents from the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh has written to the Government Whip Deputy Paul Keogh and has raised the issue in the Dáil this morning.

He said:

“I believe that a committee such as the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission should, given its specific role in corporate matters relating to the houses and the workers within the houses, should be proportionate and include representatives of all groups.

“This is a Government that majored heavily on Dáil reform during the recent general election. The decision to exclude Sinn Féin and Independent members from the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission completely flies in the face of the promises of the government parties during the election.

“If the seats on the commission were allocated proportionally the government would get four seats while Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Independents would get one each.

“That is the fair and democratic way which the government completely ignored this morning in order to stuff the commission with their own members with the inclusion of Fianna Fáil.” ENDS

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