Thursday 18 December 2014

Ombudsman in stinging attack on Dail

Published 29/07/2013 | 05:00

THE EU Ombudsman-elect has launched a stinging attack on the Dail for not taking itself seriously enough, writes Fiach Kelly.

Emily O'Reilly, the Irish Ombudsman, who takes up her new EU role in October, said the Dail spends its time "ducking and diving" and "pretending" it has no power.

Ms O'Reilly was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, and said politicians often leave the courts to "divine" their intentions when they "cobble together deliberately ambiguous laws" and sometimes "deliberately ambiguous constitutional amendments".

Ms O'Reilly was giving the John Hume lecture at the annual summer school.

She also said that the more bodies like the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority "produced, the more they are stripped of resources and independence, the more, in effect, are nobbled".

Ms O'Reilly added that "both bodies are limping along with skeleton staffs" due to budget cutbacks.

Irish Independent

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