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Dáil Rules do not reflect the Cititzens’ Mandate

Press Release | 12th June 2013

Catherine Murphy TD today once again urged the Ceann Comhairle and the Taoiseach to be cognisant of their duties to uphold democratic processes in our national parliament.

Deputy Murphy made reference to the fact that 64% of Acts have been guillotined by this Government and compared it to the Previous Government’s overall guillotine total of 74%, despite explicit promises in the Programme for Government that it would address the excessive use of guillotines.

Deputy Murphy also highlighted the fact that under current standing orders the Technical Group are not allowed to engage in discussion about how the business of the House is ordered and she asked the Ceann Comhairle to consider how the Standing Orders of the Dáil reflect the mandate of the citizens.

“The Standing Orders clearly don’t reflect the Dáil as it was constituted by the citizens of this country. It is ludicrous that an opposition grouping who have 2 seats more than Sinn Fein and only three seats less than Fianna Fail are denied the chance to contribute to vital Dáil business.  The word ‘Party’ does not appear in the Constitution and yet they are given privileges over and above the Technical Group regardless of size.

“This is clearly a glitch in the Standing Orders that needs to be rectified and I would call on the Ceann Comhairle to provide time to debate this issue that will be a recurring problem if it is not rectified.”

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