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Ó Snodaigh calls on government to respect democracy

11 June, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today attacked the government on their abuse of procedure in the Dáil saying they were hypocritical in the extreme in relation to how Dáil business is run.

Speaking in the Dáil, the Dublin South Central TD said;

“Despite being elected on a platform of Dáil reform and being vocal in previous Dáils in relation to the use of guillotines [setting time limits on the debates] on bills. The government has continually abused its large majority to the detriment rights of TDs to debate and question legislation. Over 50% of debates on bills since this government came to being have been cut short by the use of guillotines.

“For instance, the Social Welfare Bills have had guillotines imposed despite the bills being about cuts to the meagre welfare supports qualifying citizens receive. Today we have another Social Welfare Bill with Minister Joan Burton’s government imposing a guillotine.

“When in opposition, Minister Joan Burton was one of the fiercest critics of guillotines calling them ‘patently and blatantly unfair’ and ‘an insult to the work of the House,’ and a ‘jackboot approach to finishing off the legislation,’ and ‘wrong practice and procedure’ and that the ‘Government is now determined to effectively rule by guillotine which is the same as ruling by decree’.

“This practice of guillotining debates is an affront to democracy and must end.”

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