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Government breaks promise to consult with other parties on Dáil reform

12 September, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Responding to the publication of the government’s Dáil reforms Sinn Féin Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has taken issue with the plan to introduce some of the proposals in the next Dáil term without consultation with opposition parties.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said this was contrary to a long standing commitment to seek cross party consensus on Dáil reform.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“Sinn Féin is for Dáil reform. This week we launched a set of proposals to reform the political system in this state including the legislature.

“However, we believe that there should at least be an attempt to get consensus from all parties in the Dáil.

“By committing to introduce some of its proposals in the next Dáil term the government has broken its pledge to consult with opposition parties.

“These proposals should have gone to the Oireachtas Dáil Reform Committee where they could be discussed with other parties alongside Sinn Féin’s proposals and the proposals of any of the other parties or independents.”


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