Sunday 24 September 2017

The Dáil must change utterly if we're to have any hope of a stable minority government

The Dáil chamber. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Dáil chamber. Photo: Tony Gavin
John Downing

John Downing

Those consolation prizes for Government TDs who failed to get a Cabinet seat or a junior ministry no longer exist.

The chair of an Oireachtas committee, which also carries an extra taxable allowance of €8,750 per year was, like the ministerial appointments, effectively in the gift of the Taoiseach. So virtually all of those committee chairs traditionally went to disappointed government backbenchers.

But on the final day of the last Dáil, it was agreed that the Ceann Comhairle would be elected by private ballot and the consolation prizes would cease to exist.

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