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Gerry Adams TD raises need for Dáil to fulfil its functions

20 April, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil this morning, has raised the need for TDs to be allowed to get on with their jobs and debate legislation.

The Sinn Féin leader specifically called for the Dáil to be able to debate a motion calling for the scrapping of water charges and to debate emergency legislation to deal with yesterday’s High Court ruling on suspended sentences.

Teachta Adams said:

“For the past eight weeks, we as legislators have been prevented by the caretaker Government from fulfilling our responsibilities to introduce, debate and pass legislation.

“The Dáil is not an arm of Government. It is an independent legislature.

“Yet we have only been allowed to discuss matters at the whim of an acting Government which has no mandate, but which controls completely the way we do our business.

“A motion calling for the scrapping of water charges, which is supported by 33 TDs has been cleared for debate, yet the Government has prevented this from being dealt with, despite requests directly to the Government that it be allowed to go ahead.

“The motion to abolish household water charges should be debated and voted on in the Dáil today.

“The Dáil can sit and pass laws. So too can the current Seanad, which is still in place until next week so there’s nothing, for example, to prevent the Oireachtas from also debating and voting on emergency legislation to deal with the result of the High Court judgement yesterday on suspended sentences.”

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