A different type of Ceann Comhairle could have made a difference

Posted by Eoin O’Malley

In the political calculations made last week on the removal of John O’Donoghue and selection of a new Ceann Comhairle, two things seemed to be most important in the Taoiseach’s calculations. One was the FF/ Green majority  – so getting a Fine Gael or Labour TD would have eased the pressure on the government’s tight Dáil arithmetic. The other was Brian Cowen’s position within the Fianna Fáil party – apparently giving just a  plum job to a Blueshirt would have caused him more problems than he could afford. Continue reading

Electoral reform – Green agreement?

Th Irish Times today says The Greens have won commitments on electoral reform

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2009/1010/1224256346911.html

It is also understood that the Greens have won some far-reaching concessions on electoral reform. The Electoral Commission will be asked within the next year to advise if the number of TDs in Dáil Eireann, currently 166, is too high. It will also be asked to review the voting age, which is currently 18.