Thursday 23 November 2017

The wish list and how it is progressing

The Green Party has a number of policy priorities currently coming to fruition. They are ...

  • The Planning and Development Bill: Establishes principles of good planning and doesn't allow wide-ranging rezoning. Despite concerns over the wide-ranging powers in the bill and legal complications, it is passing relatively easily.
  • Dublin Mayor: The legislation will be published in the coming weeks, but not passed until the Autumn. All very nice, but Fianna Fail seems to have no intention of holding any elections this year.
  • Civil Partnership Bill: Legislation to allow for same-sex and co-habiting couples relationships to be recognised is almost there after the best part of three years worth of drafting and debate. Catholic bishops want TDs to be allowed to vote freely. Efforts to insert a 'conscience clause' whereby registrars could opt out of administering same-sex partnerships have failed. On the flip side, some gay rights groups say it doesn't go far enough and should be the same as marriage.
  • Wildlife (Amendment) Bill: The ban of hunting of deer with packs of dogs will effectively outlaw the Ward Union Hunt, based in north Dublin and Meath. Opponents feel the bill goes too far as the hunt is currently being regulated. And there are also concerns it will set a precedent to begin bans on hunting, shooting and fishing.
  • Dog Breeding Establishments Bill: The bill is intended to clamp down on cruel puppy farms and regulates professional dog breeding operations. Lobbying was conducted to water down the regulations and exclude greyhounds, but these were rejected.

Irish Independent

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