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Government abusing its power to frustrate, delay, and kill opposition legislation – Doherty

21 February, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin’s Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government is abusing its power to frustrate, delay and kill opposition legislation through its refusal to grant “money messages”.

Speaking in the Dáil this week, Teachta Doherty said;

“There are 27 Bills currently awaiting Money Messages from the Department of Public Expenditure before the various Dáil Committees.

“In the case of my Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, the Finance Committee has twice requested an update and money message, without response.

“This is a Bill that the government supports, that the whole House passed, and that would protect consumers from insurers refusing to pay out on frivolous grounds like because you had a broken burglar alarm when your house burned down.

“It is clear to me that the government are using the Money Message system to frustrate opposition Bills and the will of the Dáil. It is using the archaic Money Message system to stop opposition Bills progressing through the Dáil. 

“Figures released to me show that, of the 29 Opposition PMBs before Committee, only two have received a Money Message.

“This is totally unacceptable. An Opposition Bill which passes to Committee stage has as much right as any Government bill to go to Committee and ultimately pass into law.

“The Minister for Public Expenditure needs to start doing his job and releasing these messages and stop trying to dictate the Oireachtas agenda through the back door.”

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