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#Political Reform

# political-reform - Monday 18 May, 2015

We're being short-changed by the 'other referendum'
# Opinion
# Opinion

We're being short-changed by the 'other referendum'

May 18th 2015, 1:00 PM 48 Views 63 Comments

The presidential age referendum is a watered-down version of attempts at real political reform.

# political-reform - Saturday 31 January, 2015

Column: So, you've made it into government? Here's how to avoid a democratic revolution
# Lip Service
# Lip Service

Column: So, you've made it into government? Here's how to avoid a democratic revolution

Jan 31st 2015, 12:00 PM 374 Views 35 Comments

Congratulations, you’ve been elected! Luckily you can avoid living up to any promises you’ve made – just follow this guide.

# political-reform - Saturday 3 January, 2015

Opinion: The Government's pretence about reform fell away at the first genuine challenge
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Opinion: The Government's pretence about reform fell away at the first genuine challenge

Jan 3rd 2015, 12:00 PM 60 Views 103 Comments

The response to the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention on political reform reveals the truth about the Government’s attitude to democracy.

# political-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 9,261 Views 41 Comments

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

# political-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.

# political-reform - Saturday 8 March, 2014

The Green Party are meeting today and they're going big on political reform
# Gpc14
# Gpc14

The Green Party are meeting today and they're going big on political reform

Mar 8th 2014, 12:55 PM 6,452 Views 87 Comments

One proposal would see TDs serve a maximum of two consecutive terms in the Dáil.

# political-reform - Friday 7 March, 2014

Fine Gael chair: This government needs to implement dynamic political reform
# Change
# Change

Fine Gael chair: This government needs to implement dynamic political reform

Mar 7th 2014, 5:00 PM 22 Views 33 Comments

Over the past three years the Government has been completely focused on job creation, but there must also be a programme of real political reform, writes Charlie Flanagan TD.

# political-reform - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Dáil over: TDs finish early for the week after ‘opposition fail to show’
# Live For The Weekend
# Live For The Weekend

Dáil over: TDs finish early for the week after ‘opposition fail to show’

Jan 30th 2014, 4:35 PM 13,691 Views 40 Comments

Day’s over…

# political-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.

# political-reform - Monday 27 January, 2014

Column: Irish Water set-up is repeating the mistakes of the HSE
# Water Water Everywhere
# Water Water Everywhere

Column: Irish Water set-up is repeating the mistakes of the HSE

Jan 27th 2014, 7:30 PM 45 Views 61 Comments

No real savings can now be made for 12 years in Irish Water, while we create a duplicate of the existing arrangements and also set up an expensive new central agency to boot, writes Eamon Ryan.

# political-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 5,782 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.

# political-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 4,914 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.

# political-reform - Sunday 22 December, 2013

Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Political standards watchdog cannot fulfill duties because of appointments delay

Dec 22nd 2013, 2:45 PM 5,316 Views 10 Comments

SIPO is also in the middle of a disagreement with Minister Hogan about proposed accounting reforms for political parties.

# political-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.

# political-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 6,935 Views 30 Comments

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

# political-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.

# political-reform - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’
# Seanad Reform
# Seanad Reform

Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’

Oct 23rd 2013, 4:09 PM 11,802 Views 55 Comments

“Well, I come in peace, not in war,” Kenny told members in the upper house this afternoon.

TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances
# Parliamentary Activities Allowance
# Parliamentary Activities Allowance

TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances

Oct 23rd 2013, 6:15 AM 7,150 Views 35 Comments

A new bill published yesterday will ensure that unspent allowances from TDs and Senators are repaid for the first time.

# political-reform - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances
# Party Leaders' Allowance
# Party Leaders' Allowance

New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances

Oct 22nd 2013, 10:35 PM 17,913 Views 78 Comments

The government has published the Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Amendment Bill 2013 today which will deal with the controversial party leaders’ allowance.

# political-reform - Thursday 10 October, 2013

From overhanging trees to pensions: Why the Oireachtas petitions committee is important
# Column
# Column

From overhanging trees to pensions: Why the Oireachtas petitions committee is important

Oct 10th 2013, 10:30 AM 23 Views 14 Comments

For the first time in the 93-year history of the Oireachtas, citizens now have a direct route to influence the parliamentary agenda through the Petitions Committee, writes its chairman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.

# political-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.

# political-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.”

# political-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 5,789 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.

# political-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.

# political-reform - Monday 26 August, 2013

Government rules out Fine Gael rebels’ bid to form second Dáil technical group
# Speaking Rights
# Speaking Rights

Government rules out Fine Gael rebels’ bid to form second Dáil technical group

Aug 26th 2013, 10:40 AM 6,487 Views 32 Comments

The government chief whip has told TheJournal.ie that the coalition has no plans to amend Dáil standing orders as some Fine Gael TDs and senators outside of the Fine Gael parliamentary party are seeking to do.

# political-reform - Monday 19 August, 2013

Fine Gael: There’s no ‘secret report’ which convinced Taoiseach to abolish Seanad
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Fine Gael: There’s no ‘secret report’ which convinced Taoiseach to abolish Seanad

Aug 19th 2013, 3:30 PM 6,060 Views 41 Comments

The party has said the proposal to abolish the Seanad came from a New Politics document published in March 2010, six months after Enda Kenny first called for the chamber to be scrapped.

# political-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 4,204 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.

# political-reform - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Martin: Taoiseach's political reform claims are 'transparently ridiculous'
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Martin: Taoiseach's political reform claims are 'transparently ridiculous'

Jul 30th 2013, 8:30 PM 6,183 Views 79 Comments

Micheál Martin has proposed a series of radical reforms if Fianna Fáil was in government at the MacGill Summer School in the Glenties tonight.

# political-reform - Monday 10 June, 2013

Video: Shane Ross says the Seanad should be 'burned at the stake'
# Seanad Abolition
# Seanad Abolition

Video: Shane Ross says the Seanad should be 'burned at the stake'

Jun 10th 2013, 3:40 PM 7,031 Views 25 Comments

But the independent TD and several of his colleagues want the upper house reformed and hopes to get support from Labour and Fine Gael TDs this week.

# political-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.

# political-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 9,268 Views 47 Comments

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

McDowell: There are no muppets in the Seanad, but there are clowns in the Dáil
# Seanad Abolition
# Seanad Abolition

McDowell: There are no muppets in the Seanad, but there are clowns in the Dáil

Jun 6th 2013, 12:53 PM 6,588 Views 71 Comments

Former Tánaiste Michael McDowell is arguing for the retention and the reform of the Seanad.

Minister: 'We are not abolishing the Seanad'
# Seanad Abolition
# Seanad Abolition

Minister: 'We are not abolishing the Seanad'

Jun 6th 2013, 9:03 AM 6,987 Views 54 Comments

Abolition of the upper house will be a decision for the Irish people, the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said this morning.

# political-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.

# political-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.

# political-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 12,094 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.

# political-reform - Saturday 16 February, 2013

Micheál Martin: I still keep in touch with Brian Cowen
# Fianna Fáil
# Fianna Fáil

Micheál Martin: I still keep in touch with Brian Cowen

Feb 16th 2013, 8:00 AM 11,627 Views 111 Comments

The Fianna Fáil leader said he had a “good chat” with his predecessor at a recent funeral but neither Cowen nor Bertie Ahern have any input to party policy.

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