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#Dáil Reform

# dail-reform - Friday 31 July, 2020

Explainer: What was the argument on Dáil speaking time all about?
# Shouting Match
# Shouting Match

Explainer: What was the argument on Dáil speaking time all about?

Jul 31st 2020, 3:23 PM 17,744 Views 37 Comments

Before last night, speaking rights were assigned equally during the first round of a debate after Dáil reform in 2016.

# dail-reform - Tuesday 19 April, 2016

These are the other talks going on that you probably haven't heard much about
# Ch-Ch-Changes
# Ch-Ch-Changes

These are the other talks going on that you probably haven't heard much about

Apr 19th 2016, 8:30 PM 18,956 Views 23 Comments

While government formation talks have been ongoing, another group are actually making a lot of progress.

# dail-reform - Monday 22 December, 2014

Enda: 'If there's no structure to get cattle into the ring then you have a fight every morning'
# Moo
# Moo

Enda: 'If there's no structure to get cattle into the ring then you have a fight every morning'

Dec 22nd 2014, 12:13 PM 9,627 Views 29 Comments

Wait, what?

# dail-reform - Saturday 6 December, 2014

Fine Gael TD: Why I got really pissed off at the government
# The High Table Interview
# The High Table Interview

Fine Gael TD: Why I got really pissed off at the government

Dec 6th 2014, 7:00 AM 9,263 Views 41 Comments

Eoghan Muphy talked parliamentary reform in a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie this week.

# dail-reform - Friday 18 April, 2014

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions

Apr 18th 2014, 7:15 AM 7,088 Views 31 Comments

TDs have complained that there is a false impression being created that politicians are not at work because they are absent from the Dáil chamber.

# dail-reform - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

'A ludicrous situation': Dozens of questions go unanswered in the Dáil because of absent TDs
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

'A ludicrous situation': Dozens of questions go unanswered in the Dáil because of absent TDs

Apr 15th 2014, 3:23 PM 14,416 Views 29 Comments

And this is Dáil reform apparently…

# dail-reform - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Chancer, scoundrel, handbagging and other words you're not allowed say in the Dáil
# Bad Words
# Bad Words

Chancer, scoundrel, handbagging and other words you're not allowed say in the Dáil

Mar 16th 2014, 10:15 AM 12,639 Views 30 Comments

Following a number of recent uses of ‘unparliamentary language’, we take a look at what else you can’t say…

# dail-reform - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

'Two weeks of backslapping is really over the top and it's quite unprecedented'
# Dáil
# Dáil

'Two weeks of backslapping is really over the top and it's quite unprecedented'

Mar 11th 2014, 3:45 PM 8,046 Views 19 Comments

The government has admitted that legislation is not ready to come before the house as the Dáil again spends several hours this week debating the government’s priorities for the year ahead.

# dail-reform - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system

Feb 2nd 2014, 2:05 PM 7,249 Views 33 Comments

More than 60 per cent of members also supported the introduction of ‘family-friendly’ hours for TDs.

# dail-reform - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Middle East and African politicians to learn from Constitutional Convention
# Change
# Change

Middle East and African politicians to learn from Constitutional Convention

Feb 1st 2014, 7:45 AM 3,603 Views 6 Comments

The Constitutional Convention will discuss Dáil reform this weekend.

# dail-reform - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Sinn Féin wants seven-seat Dáil constituencies and use of PPS numbers for electoral register
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Sinn Féin wants seven-seat Dáil constituencies and use of PPS numbers for electoral register

Jan 29th 2014, 12:00 PM 8,783 Views 119 Comments

The party has outlined a set of radical political reforms which will have little chance of being implemented by the current government.

# dail-reform - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

TDs will be allowed to register their abstention on Dáil votes
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

TDs will be allowed to register their abstention on Dáil votes

Jan 15th 2014, 9:00 PM 5,789 Views 29 Comments

Rather than vote Yes or No, a deputy will be able to officially abstain from a vote on a piece of legislation or a motion under changes likely to be implemented later this year.

'The elephant in the room': Government's Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

'The elephant in the room': Government's Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition

Jan 15th 2014, 7:30 AM 3,658 Views 8 Comments

It’s no surprise that the opposition doesn’t think the government has done enough Dáil reform, but TDs think that even some changes that have been introduced aren’t working.

# dail-reform - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Committee chairs have 'serious concerns' over workload and say they need more staff
# Oireachtas Committees
# Oireachtas Committees

Committee chairs have 'serious concerns' over workload and say they need more staff

Jan 14th 2014, 7:30 AM 4,915 Views 14 Comments

A letter from the chairpersons of the Oireachtas committees to the Ceann Comhairle has raised “serious concerns” about the workloads faced in 2014 as a result of the plans to scrutinise legislation before it comes before the Dáil.

# dail-reform - Saturday 7 December, 2013

Absent TDs and unanswered questions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Absent TDs and unanswered questions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms

Dec 7th 2013, 7:15 AM 6,884 Views 23 Comments

Changes to the question time have been criticised but the government chief whip has defended the new format following near-farcical scenes in the chamber on Thursday.

# dail-reform - Friday 22 November, 2013

Leo Varadkar: The government has too much control over the Dáil
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Leo Varadkar: The government has too much control over the Dáil

Nov 22nd 2013, 5:28 PM 6,936 Views 30 Comments

The Transport Minister was frank about the government’s control of the legislature in the Dáil this afternoon.

# dail-reform - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

TDs will sit earlier and for longer from this week
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

TDs will sit earlier and for longer from this week

Nov 5th 2013, 6:15 AM 4,979 Views 30 Comments

Under changes taking effect this week Leaders’ Questions move to midday on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

# dail-reform - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

"One cannot have instability": Taoiseach rules out loosening the party whip
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

"One cannot have instability": Taoiseach rules out loosening the party whip

Oct 9th 2013, 9:07 AM 4,564 Views 83 Comments

Fine Gael backbenchers quizzed the Taoiseach on political reform in the Dáil last night.

# dail-reform - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad
# Seanad Reform
# Seanad Reform

Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad

Oct 6th 2013, 6:25 PM 6,059 Views 33 Comments

One of their members Denis Naughten TD also says that “there might have been a different result on Saturday had the Dáil had been reformed first.”

# dail-reform - Friday 13 September, 2013

Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished

Sep 13th 2013, 6:30 AM 5,791 Views 28 Comments

Committees would be radically overhauled and given the task of scrutinising legislation to an even greater degree under the government’s reform plans.

# dail-reform - Thursday 12 September, 2013

'Bogus' and 'populist': The opposition's take on Dáil reform plan
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

'Bogus' and 'populist': The opposition's take on Dáil reform plan

Sep 12th 2013, 5:46 PM 4,518 Views 32 Comments

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Green Party have rounded on Enda Kenny’s proposals to lengthen Dáil sittings and beef up the pre-legislative processes.

Government pledges that TDs will sit earlier and for longer
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Government pledges that TDs will sit earlier and for longer

Sep 12th 2013, 12:15 PM 4,267 Views 55 Comments

The Dáil will start earlier on a Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays than it currently does and Friday sittings will be every two weeks instead of every month as is the case at present under government proposals outlined today.

Government chief whip will look at allowing free votes after next election
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Government chief whip will look at allowing free votes after next election

Sep 12th 2013, 6:15 AM 3,759 Views 43 Comments

Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe has hinted at possible changes to the strict party whip system as the coalition will today launch its plans for Dáil reform.

# dail-reform - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes
# Caught On Camera
# Caught On Camera

What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes

Sep 3rd 2013, 7:10 PM 14,390 Views 24 Comments

A portion of the Jobs Minister’s notes were caught on camera outside Leinster House today.

# dail-reform - Sunday 4 August, 2013

Fianna Fáil proposes referendum to reduce government control of Dáil agenda
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Fianna Fáil proposes referendum to reduce government control of Dáil agenda

Aug 4th 2013, 8:00 AM 4,207 Views 59 Comments

The opposition party released a policy discussion document this week which proposes a raft of reforms to the way the Irish parliament does business.

# dail-reform - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Fine Gael’s record on Dáil reform is slammed by... Fine Gael’s chairman
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Fine Gael’s record on Dáil reform is slammed by... Fine Gael’s chairman

Jun 19th 2013, 6:55 PM 3,957 Views 17 Comments

Charlie Flanagan says the current weighting of Dáil rules mean the ‘real opposition’ is the government backbenchers.

# dail-reform - Friday 7 June, 2013

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum
# Seanad
# Seanad

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum

Jun 7th 2013, 3:59 PM 4,547 Views 54 Comments

The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.

# dail-reform - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?
# Seanad
# Seanad

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?

Jun 6th 2013, 4:39 PM 9,271 Views 47 Comments

The formal legislation to change the Constitution and delete the Seanad is out today. So what’s in it?

# dail-reform - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped

Jun 5th 2013, 4:59 PM 6,955 Views 98 Comments

A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.

# dail-reform - Sunday 19 May, 2013

The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaul
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaul

May 19th 2013, 1:39 PM 8,245 Views 56 Comments

The 100-member Constitutional Convention has voted to investigate “an entirely new electoral system” for picking TDs.

# dail-reform - Sunday 21 April, 2013

'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform

Apr 21st 2013, 8:00 AM 9,623 Views 36 Comments

The whip system – where TDs must vote with their party position or risk expulsion – is the subject of some debate in political circles but immediate reform, ahead of potentially divisive abortion debate, appears unlikely.

# dail-reform - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform

Apr 18th 2013, 1:30 PM 12,096 Views 70 Comments

Goverment TDs should be allowed to vote against their party on certain matters under proposals by backbench TD Eoghan Murphy in an internal document circulated among Fine Gael members this week.

# dail-reform - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Criminal records, job creation and childhood poverty
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Criminal records, job creation and childhood poverty

Mar 12th 2013, 7:45 AM 5,485 Views 38 Comments

All of that, and the Seanad gets to reform the Dáil… here’s what’s happening today in Leinster House.

# dail-reform - Saturday 14 July, 2012

TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?

Jul 14th 2012, 8:15 AM 3,055 Views 5 Comments

As we approach the end of another Dáil term, we’ve been asking the government and the opposition how the much-vaunted sittings of the Dáil on the first Friday of every month have been working out.

# dail-reform - Thursday 21 June, 2012

# dail-reform - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Overhaul sees number of Oireachtas committees increased
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Overhaul sees number of Oireachtas committees increased

Jun 19th 2012, 3:05 PM 2,185 Views 13 Comments

The Programme for Government included a pledge to reduce committee numbers – but the survivors had too much work.

# dail-reform - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system

Jan 11th 2012, 7:30 AM 152 Views 54 Comments

Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.

# dail-reform - Friday 22 July, 2011

Dáil votes to give itself more work... after seven weeks' holidays
# Dáil Reform
# Dáil Reform

Dáil votes to give itself more work... after seven weeks' holidays

Jul 22nd 2011, 5:22 PM 574 Views 4 Comments

When the Dáil returns on September 14 it will begin work earlier and sit for longer hours under a reformed system.

# dail-reform - Monday 18 July, 2011

Leinster House strikes €300,000 deal for staff night-time taxi service

Leinster House strikes €300,000 deal for staff night-time taxi service

Jul 18th 2011, 10:30 AM 831 Views 9 Comments

Staff working after 10pm are entitled to take taxis home – but plans for Dáil reform should cut how often they’re used.

# dail-reform - Thursday 6 January, 2011

Labour launches reform policy for parliament and laws
# Election 2011
# Election 2011

Labour launches reform policy for parliament and laws

Jan 6th 2011, 4:27 PM 583 Views 0 Comments

Labour’s ‘New Government, Better Government’ policy outlines plans for whistleblowers’ legislation and Seanad abolition.

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