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Oireachtas Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions to undertake a study visit to the Scottish Parliament

4 October, 2011


A delegation of four members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions will undertake a study visit to the Scottish Parliament today, 4th October, to be briefed on the Parliament’s public petitions system and the work of the Public Petitions Committee.

As part of the remit development process the Oireachtas Committee has already received a presentation from David Lowe of the European Parliament Petitions Committee in Leinster House in mid-September.

Cathaoirleach of the Committee, Peadar Tóibín TD, said: “The petitions system in the Scottish Parliament is widely regarded as one of the success stories of the Parliament and has an enviable reputation world wide in giving people a truly democratic voice in Scotland. The Parliament also leads the way in using modern petitioning techniques through its electronic petitioning system.

“In formulating proposals for a petitions system in the Houses of the Oireachtas, which would enhance the public’s involvement in the democratic process, our Committee wishes to emulate best practice from other parliaments. In this context the Committee decided to visit the Scottish Parliament to get a comprehensive briefing on the petitions system and to meet with the Public Petitions Committee in order to deepen our understanding of its work in considering and taking action on petitions addressed to the Parliament. This will inform our deliberations and resulting proposals for a petitions system in the Oireachtas.” ENDS

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