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Missing Constitutional Convention response deadlines ‘inexcusable’ – Senator Kathryn Reilly

31 March, 2014

Sinn Féin has called on the Taoiseach to show respect for the recently concluded Constitutional Convention, after Government missed two successive deadlines for response to the Convention’s published recommendations.

Speaking following her attendance at the public launch of the Convention’s Final Reports earlier today, Senator Kathryn Reilly said:

“The Oireachtas motion setting out the Convention’s terms of reference clearly establishes a four month deadline for Government response to its published recommendations. Indeed, the Government met the deadlines for the Convention’s first three reports. But it has missed the last two deadlines to publicly indicate its position and whether it plans to bring the Convention’s proposals to referendum. One such response is now overdue by approximately three months. The other deadline passed last week.

“This is inexcusable. It shows disrespect not only for the Convention as a whole, but particularly for the citizen members who made up its majority.

“By the Taoiseach’s own admission this experiment in deliberative democracy has been a success. But Government disregard for its findings has the potential to lay waste to the entire exercise. I am calling on the Government to rectify this immediately, and to make its position on the two reports in question known when the Houses reconvene tomorrow.”

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