Dáil reform just doesn’t cut it

The Government’s planned reforms of the Dáil announced last week, while welcome, are underwhelming. There are some good proposals such as the routine use of pre-legislative scrutiny. But much of the reform just tinkers with the details of when and where TDs will work. Working extra days or longer hours won’t achieve anything if the…

Democracy and Other Matters

Dr Seán Patrick Donlan, School of Law, University of Limerick Predictably if depressingly, the debates around the Government referendum on the abolition of the Seanad have proven to be as ideological as intellectual, often more sophomoric than substantive. The vote honours a political promise initially made by parties and personalities now on both sides of the…