Monday 20 February 2017

Fewer TDs would ensure more focus on our national interest

Desmond Clarke

Published 19/05/2016 | 02:30

'When drafting the Constitution, Eamon de Valera seems to have planned for a large number of compliant local representatives who could get re-elected and could then be 'whipped' to support legislation that originates with their leader'
'When drafting the Constitution, Eamon de Valera seems to have planned for a large number of compliant local representatives who could get re-elected and could then be 'whipped' to support legislation that originates with their leader'

There are many factors that contributed to the current political situation. They include the parlous state of the country's finances, which resulted from irresponsible borrowing by successive governments to fund the day-to-day expenses of the State. They also include the flawed understanding of democracy of some TDs, who encourage citizens to break a law with which they disagree while they assume that everyone is bound by the laws that they support.

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Refusing to obey the law is a short step from refusing to recognise the State.

Another less obvious but significant factor, which has been latent since 1937, is the total number of TDs in the Dáil and the manner of their election.

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