Posted by Elaine Byrne
Deputy Brendan Griffin (Kerry South) has introduced a proposed amendment to the constitution which seeks to –
- Hold a referendum on reducing the Dail to 101 members
- From 100 evenly populated constituencies
- Retain the PRSTV system.
Deputy Griffin says the primary purpose of the amendment is to help “ensure that the attention of parliamentarians can be more focused on parliamentary/legislative/policy issues and not on competing locally with constituency rivals, both inside and outside their parties”. He believes it would also lead to a less congested Dail. He argues that, at present, “many Deputies are waiting for weeks to raise a matter on Topical Issues and very often do not get selected high enough in the order of oral questions to have their issue discussed using that avenue”.
The Bill can be found here.