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Sinn Féin outlines policies for Political Reform – Ó Snodaigh

16 March, 2016 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Party Whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today presented Sinn Féin’s submission to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Dáil Reform today. Amongst a range of measures, Deputy Ó Snodaigh also outlined that Sinn Féin TD’s would not be accepting the allowance for chairing Dáil committees.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Sinn Féin fully supports substantial, genuine and progressive political reform. We are committed to putting the interests of citizens first in an accountable transparent Dáil, not just the meaningless reforms pushed forward by other parties to generate headlines and little else.  

 “We need to restore public trust and confidence in politics, which was seriously eroded by the Fine Gael and Labour government who abandoned their electoral promises of introducing real reform. In fact public trust in politics was totally undermined by the crony acts of both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste, with the appointments of John McNulty and David Begg respectively.

“The political system should not exist to enrich those with vested interests who profit from the continuation of the status quo. Sinn Féin believes that our proposals have significant potential to bring our political system into the 21st Century, enriching citizens and not the pockets of the elites.

“Sinn Féin has put forward the case for many years now and tabled motions for the reduction of politicians’ salaries for example, as one of our many proposals for political reform. Our committee chairpersons will not accept the additional allowance afforded to that position.

“Sinn Féin’s proposals for political reform are based on the principles of sovereignty, democracy, accountability, transparency and the creation of a political system where citizens come first. We are committed to bringing about true equality for all citizens, and a political system that can deliver this objective.”

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