Saturday 18 November 2017

These new powers would put the fox in charge of the henhouse

•Do you believe in justice for Irish citizens? A referendum will ask everyone this question on October 27.

The referendum seeks to give the power to conduct inquiries to the Oireachtas. Politicians tell us that costly tribunals will be no more. It sounds great in theory. However, the devil is in the detail.

The proposed change has three parts. The first part grants the Dail and Seanad "the power to conduct an inquiry" into "any matter stated by the House or Houses concerned to be of general public importance".

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