Tuesday 20 February 2018

Taoiseach to propose establishment of an all-party Dáil committee that will set out new guidelines for Dáil

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to propose the establishment of an all party Dáil committee that will set out new guidelines for how the Dáil operates.

A meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party tonight unanimously approved the idea which comes after days of meetings between Fine Gael representatives and small parties and independents.

The committee will be chaired by the new Ceann Comhairle who will be elected when the Dáil sits for the first time tomorrow.

It will include representatives of all parties and groupings in the new Dail.

Fine Gael believes that process of progressing Dail reform should begin immediately and in parallel with the ongoing efforts to form a stable government, the party said in a statement.

Dublin Bay South TD Eoghan Murphy gave a presentation to the party’s TDs and senators tonight in which he outlined a series of reform proposals.

Catherine Byrne, who is acting chairperson of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, said: “Tomorrow’s election of the new Ceann Comhairle, for the first time ever by secret ballot, was one of the most important reforms introduced by the current government.

2The fact that he or she will have been elected independently by the members of the Dail, makes the incoming Ceann Comhairle the ideal office holder to chair a new all party committee on Dail reform.”

She added that Fine Gael hopes the committee can be agreed on tomorrow and they party will then table “radical and far-reaching reforms to this committee”.

“The Taoiseach also updated the parliamentary party on his discussion to date with small parties, groups and Independents.

“We reiterated our unanimous support of the Taoiseach in his work to form a lasting and stable government,” Ms Byrne said.

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