Friday 9 December 2016

Big doubts about FF's belief in Dáil reforms

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

Word is that Micheál Martin favours Michael Moynihan, a diligent but low-key deputy for Cork North West since 1997
Word is that Micheál Martin favours Michael Moynihan, a diligent but low-key deputy for Cork North West since 1997

Micheál Martin followed a good election campaign with a call for major Dáil reforms. It was first blood to Fianna Fáil in what will be a long game.

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But all the signals emanating from Leinster House now suggest the party merely wants the position of Dáil chairman, or Ceann Comhairle, for itself. When the Dáil reconvenes on Thursday, that post will be elected by a secret ballot of TDs for the first time ever, replacing a practice which saw it given as a plum to the Taoiseach's favourite candidate.

However, Fianna Fáil will be nominating and backing a single party candidate. This is hardly in keeping with the spirit of throwing the selection process open so a genuinely impartial candidate with support from all sides, gets the role.

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