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The Constitutional Convention should consider comprehensive and fundamental political reform, not just Dáil electoral reform

19 May, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, David Cullinane TD

The Sinn Féin delegates to the Constitutional Convention have reiterated the party’s call for that body to deal comprehensively with political reform, not just Dáil electoral reform.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, who is representing the party along with Senator David Cullinane and Caitriona Ruane MLA said: 

“It is unfortunate that the Convention chose not to consider the need for comprehensive reform of the Oireachtas as a whole, including whether the Seanad should be directly elected and its membership and powers and functions reformed to make them more distinctive and relevant.

“Instead, the Convention membership chose to restrict itself at this juncture to electoral reform of the Dáil only, as stipulated by the Government. The Government shortlist of compulsory issues does not include many of those most relevant to political reform, and those most urgently necessary. I would hope that the Convention sees fit to consider these and other issues of great public importance at a later stage, under its open remit or even under an extended mandate.”

Senator David Cullinane added: “I welcome the deliberative body’s decision to consider, at its next sitting in June, constitutional and other measures to increase enfranchisement and voter participation, as well as a range of constitutional and other measures to increase parliamentary representativeness and diversity and to ensure that seat allocation results reflects more accurately actual voter preferences.”

The three Sinn Féin delegates voted in favour of further consideration of measures to strengthen the system of proportional representation, of additional reforms to increase parliamentary diversity and representativeness, and of measures to increase the ability of all citizens to exercise their right to vote and to increase voter participation, including participatory democratic mechanisms.


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