Dail should be sitting this week

FINE Gael General Election Candidate Cllr Liam Quinn has said the Dail should be sitting this week.

FINE Gael General Election Candidate Cllr Liam Quinn has said the Dail should be sitting this week.

He stated that if politicians were serious about restoring the trust of the people, they must demonstrate 'a new level of commitment and work ethic'.

Cllr Quinn commented, "As thousands of people sit at home unemployed this week it seems to me an insult that our national parliamentarians don't see fit to return to work until Wednesday January 12 at 2.30pm."

He went on to say that to most people it seems rather contradictory that a government has to guillotine legislation at the end of a Dail term when they are so relaxed about starting debates when a new term begins.

"There are many pressing issues that need to be addressed by the Dail immediately including the recent water shortages that have affected almost every part of the country. The ministers in charge of these services have all but disappeared and the only way the Irish people have of holding them to account is when they appear before the Dail."

Cllr Quinn added that Fine Gael has published proposals that will see the Dail sit for longer and new systems for holding both TDs and the government to account.

As part of these proposals Fine Gael will reduce the number of TDs by 20, hold a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad, provide a vote in Presidential elections for Irish citizens living abroad, create a new 'Citizen's Assembly' and reduce the President's term from seven years to five.

The party also plan to fortify the Dil committee system to hold the Government to account, shift power from the Cabinet to the Dil and reform the legislative process to give TDs real influence over the drafting of legislation and radically overhaul 'our archaic Budget process'.

"People seeking election to Dail Eireann must be willing to show the electorate that they have the commitment and dedication to get our country back on track. We in Fine Gael have set out our proposals on how we will change how we do business in this country and I look forward to playing my part in that," Cllr Quinn concluded.