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Seanad Reform must be top of the agenda – Ó Clochartaigh

26 April, 2016


Leagan Gaeilge thíos – Irish version below

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has expressed his delight at being re-elected to the Seanad for a second term today.

The Galway West – South Mayo based Senator says that reform of the Seanad must now be put top of the agenda so that the role of the Upper House in highlighting issues in heath, housing, education and other areas is taken much more seriously.

Deputy Ó Clochartaigh said:

“A lot of the focus in recent weeks has been on a more democratic role for the Dáil, the same can be said of the Seanad. The outgoing government didn’t show the Seanad the respect it deserves. Legislation was rammed through with a large government majority. That must be changed and will be changed.

“An enlarged Sinn Féin team will be to the fore of this agenda putting forward proposals for reform, progressive legislation and debate in the Seanad. To this end we will be seeking support from like-minded Senators.

“I will also be making sure that the issues of Galway West – South Mayo are also front and centre to debates across all of the government portfolios as well.”

Caithfidh an Clár Athchóirithe a bheith ar bharr liosta na bprióireachtaí sa Seanad

Tá ríméad léirithe ag Seanadóir Shinn Féin Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, go bhfuil sé áth-thofa don Seanad don dara téarma inniu. 

Deir Seanadóir atá lonnaithe sa cheantar Ghaillimh Thiar – Maigh Eo Theas, go gcaithfear athchóiriú an Teach Uachtaraigh a chur ar bharr an chlár oibre anois maidir le h-aird a tharraingt ar shláinte, tithíocht oideachas agus réimsí eile ar bhealach i bhfad níos dáiríre.

“Bhí cuid mhaith cainte ann le roinnt seachtainí anuas ar ról níos daonlathaí don Dáil. Tá an rud céanna fíor faoin Seanad. Níor léirigh an rialtas deiridh mórán ómóis don tSeanaid. Bhí reachtaíocht dhá bhrú thríd de bharr an móramh mór a bhí ag an rialtas. Caithfear sin a athrú agus athróidh sé.

“Beidh foireann mhéadaithe Shinn Féin chun tosaigh maidir le moltaí a chur chun cinn atá forásach, athchóiriú agus díospóireachtaí Seanaid. Chuige seo beidh muid ag lorg tacaíocht ó Sheanadóirí eile atá ar an intinn céanna linn.

“Beidh mé ag cinntiú chomh maith go mbeidh ceisteanna Ghaillimh Thiar – Maigh Eo theas i lár an aonaigh sna díospóireachtaí trasna na ranna rialtais éagsúla freisin.”

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