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Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín elected chair of influential Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Committee

6 July, 2011


Sinn Féin’s Peadar Toíbín TD was today unanimously elected as Cathaoirleach of the newly established and influential Dáil Committee on Investigations, Oversight & Petitions. The Joint Committee was established as part of the Programme for Government.

Speaking after the vote, Deputy Toíbín, said:

“I am delighted to be elected as Cathaoirleach of this committee. This committee has the potential to hold the powers that be accountable, something that has been absent from public life for a long time.

“The establishment of a petitions system in the Dáil is an important development for democracy in this state. This will give individuals and organisations an opportunity to raise relevant concerns regarding public policy and legislation. Through its oversight role, the committee can provide an opportunity to enhance the accessibility, openness and accountability of public services. It allows the public to have their grievances heard and responded to. I intend to learn from other parliament's experience and ensure we have international best practise brought to bear on accountability and transparency in Ireland.”

Deputy Tóibín explained, “The power of investigation for the Committee depends on the government holding its promised referendum to reverse the effects of the Abbeylara judgement. We intend meeting with Minister Howlin to ensure we have a progressive, robust proposal brought before the people as soon as possible. I believe that it is important that the government hold their promised referendum as soon as possible to amend the Constitution which will allow this committee to carry out inquiries into matters of public concern.

“This committee has the potential to start a new era in Irish politics, a more open, accountable and transparent era. I intend to work with all political parties to make sure we reach that potential.”

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