Posted by Elaine Byrne
The Labour Party published a Private Members Motion yesterday which sets out 29 separate proposals for government and public administration reform. Labour
The proposals can be found here and cover a wide range of measures including cabinet confidentiality, freedom of information, whistleblowers legislation, political contributions and electoral spending limits, registration of lobbyists, Dail reform, the establishment of a Fiscal Advisory Council and new legislation to clarify the respective roles of Ministers and Departmental civil servants.
Labour were responsible for introducing the substantive Ethics Act and FOI reforms in the mid 1990s which is why it was surprising that they were a bit slow out of the blocks in re-claiming their reform clothes.
The PPM covers four pages but perhaps it should be accompanied by a more comprehensive document detailing the proposals?