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#Dáil Reform

From TheJournal.ie These are the other talks going on that you probably haven't heard much about Ch-Ch-Changes

These are the other talks going on that you probably haven't heard much about

While government formation talks have been ongoing, another group are actually making a lot of progress.

From TheJournal.ie Enda: 'If there's no structure to get cattle into the ring then you have a fight every morning' Moo
From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael TD: Why I got really pissed off at the government The High Table Interview This post contains videos

Fine Gael TD: Why I got really pissed off at the government

Eoghan Muphy talked parliamentary reform in a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie this week.

From TheJournal.ie There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions Political Reform This post contains videos

There will be no change to the 'ludicrous situation' where absent TDs means unanswered questions

TDs have complained that there is a false impression being created that politicians are not at work because they are absent from the Dáil chamber.

From TheJournal.ie 'A ludicrous situation': Dozens of questions go unanswered in the Dáil because of absent TDs Dáil Reform
From TheJournal.ie Chancer, scoundrel, handbagging and other words you're not allowed say in the Dáil Bad Words

Chancer, scoundrel, handbagging and other words you're not allowed say in the Dáil

Following a number of recent uses of ‘unparliamentary language’, we take a look at what else you can’t say…

From TheJournal.ie 'Two weeks of backslapping is really over the top and it's quite unprecedented' Dáil

'Two weeks of backslapping is really over the top and it's quite unprecedented'

The government has admitted that legislation is not ready to come before the house as the Dáil again spends several hours this week debating the government’s priorities for the year ahead.

From TheJournal.ie Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system Dáil Reform

Convention favours Ceann Comhairle secret ballot and change to whip system

More than 60 per cent of members also supported the introduction of ‘family-friendly’ hours for TDs.

From TheJournal.ie Middle East and African politicians to learn from Constitutional Convention Change

Middle East and African politicians to learn from Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention will discuss Dáil reform this weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin wants seven-seat Dáil constituencies and use of PPS numbers for electoral register Political Reform

Sinn Féin wants seven-seat Dáil constituencies and use of PPS numbers for electoral register

The party has outlined a set of radical political reforms which will have little chance of being implemented by the current government.

From TheJournal.ie TDs will be allowed to register their abstention on Dáil votes Dáil Reform

TDs will be allowed to register their abstention on Dáil votes

Rather than vote Yes or No, a deputy will be able to officially abstain from a vote on a piece of legislation or a motion under changes likely to be implemented later this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'The elephant in the room': Government's Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition Political Reform

'The elephant in the room': Government's Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition

It’s no surprise that the opposition doesn’t think the government has done enough Dáil reform, but TDs think that even some changes that have been introduced aren’t working.

From TheJournal.ie Committee chairs have 'serious concerns' over workload and say they need more staff Oireachtas Committees

Committee chairs have 'serious concerns' over workload and say they need more staff

A letter from the chairpersons of the Oireachtas committees to the Ceann Comhairle has raised “serious concerns” about the workloads faced in 2014 as a result of the plans to scrutinise legislation before it comes before the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie Absent TDs and unanswered questions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms Dáil Reform

Absent TDs and unanswered questions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms

Changes to the question time have been criticised but the government chief whip has defended the new format following near-farcical scenes in the chamber on Thursday.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar: The government has too much control over the Dáil Political Reform

Leo Varadkar: The government has too much control over the Dáil

The Transport Minister was frank about the government’s control of the legislature in the Dáil this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie TDs will sit earlier and for longer from this week Political Reform

TDs will sit earlier and for longer from this week

Under changes taking effect this week Leaders’ Questions move to midday on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

From TheJournal.ie "One cannot have instability": Taoiseach rules out loosening the party whip Dáil Reform

"One cannot have instability": Taoiseach rules out loosening the party whip

Fine Gael backbenchers quizzed the Taoiseach on political reform in the Dáil last night.

From TheJournal.ie Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad Seanad Reform

Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad

One of their members Denis Naughten TD also says that “there might have been a different result on Saturday had the Dáil had been reformed first.”

From TheJournal.ie Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished Seanad Referendum

Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished

Committees would be radically overhauled and given the task of scrutinising legislation to an even greater degree under the government’s reform plans.

From TheJournal.ie 'Bogus' and 'populist': The opposition's take on Dáil reform plan Political Reform

'Bogus' and 'populist': The opposition's take on Dáil reform plan

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Green Party have rounded on Enda Kenny’s proposals to lengthen Dáil sittings and beef up the pre-legislative processes.

From TheJournal.ie Government pledges that TDs will sit earlier and for longer Political Reform

Government pledges that TDs will sit earlier and for longer

The Dáil will start earlier on a Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays than it currently does and Friday sittings will be every two weeks instead of every month as is the case at present under government proposals outlined today.

From TheJournal.ie Government chief whip will look at allowing free votes after next election Political Reform

Government chief whip will look at allowing free votes after next election

Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe has hinted at possible changes to the strict party whip system as the coalition will today launch its plans for Dáil reform.

From TheJournal.ie What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes Caught On Camera

What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes

A portion of the Jobs Minister’s notes were caught on camera outside Leinster House today.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil proposes referendum to reduce government control of Dáil agenda Political Reform

Fianna Fáil proposes referendum to reduce government control of Dáil agenda

The opposition party released a policy discussion document this week which proposes a raft of reforms to the way the Irish parliament does business.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael’s record on Dáil reform is slammed by... Fine Gael’s chairman Dáil Reform

Fine Gael’s record on Dáil reform is slammed by... Fine Gael’s chairman

Charlie Flanagan says the current weighting of Dáil rules mean the ‘real opposition’ is the government backbenchers.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum Seanad

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum

The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad? Seanad

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?

The formal legislation to change the Constitution and delete the Seanad is out today. So what’s in it?

From TheJournal.ie Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped Political Reform

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped

A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.

From TheJournal.ie The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaul Dáil Reform

The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaul

The 100-member Constitutional Convention has voted to investigate “an entirely new electoral system” for picking TDs.

From TheJournal.ie 'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform Dáil Reform

'Not fit for purpose?' Why the Dáil's party whip system may need reform

The whip system – where TDs must vote with their party position or risk expulsion – is the subject of some debate in political circles but immediate reform, ahead of potentially divisive abortion debate, appears unlikely.

From TheJournal.ie Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform Dáil Reform

Free vote for TDs among radical proposals for Dáil reform

Goverment TDs should be allowed to vote against their party on certain matters under proposals by backbench TD Eoghan Murphy in an internal document circulated among Fine Gael members this week.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Criminal records, job creation and childhood poverty Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Criminal records, job creation and childhood poverty

All of that, and the Seanad gets to reform the Dáil… here’s what’s happening today in Leinster House.

From TheJournal.ie TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out? Dáil Reform

TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?

As we approach the end of another Dáil term, we’ve been asking the government and the opposition how the much-vaunted sittings of the Dáil on the first Friday of every month have been working out.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Overhaul sees number of Oireachtas committees increased Political Reform

Overhaul sees number of Oireachtas committees increased

The Programme for Government included a pledge to reduce committee numbers – but the survivors had too much work.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system Opinion

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system

Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil votes to give itself more work... after seven weeks' holidays Dáil Reform This post contains a poll

Dáil votes to give itself more work... after seven weeks' holidays

When the Dáil returns on September 14 it will begin work earlier and sit for longer hours under a reformed system.

From TheJournal.ie Leinster House strikes €300,000 deal for staff night-time taxi service

Leinster House strikes €300,000 deal for staff night-time taxi service

Staff working after 10pm are entitled to take taxis home – but plans for Dáil reform should cut how often they’re used.

From TheJournal.ie Labour launches reform policy for parliament and laws Election 2011

Labour launches reform policy for parliament and laws

Labour’s ‘New Government, Better Government’ policy outlines plans for whistleblowers’ legislation and Seanad abolition.

From TheJournal.ie FG and Labour launch alternative budget proposals

FG and Labour launch alternative budget proposals

Fine Gael would hold off on increases to income tax until the economic recovery creates new jobs, according to its budget plan.