FF Leader Names Special Committee on Constitutional Reform

Published on: 28 February 2012

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has confirmed the membership of a new Fianna Fáil Committee on Constitutional Reform.  The announcement comes ahead of the party’s first meeting with the Taoiseach and officials to discuss plans for the upcoming Constitutional Convention.


Deputy Martin commented, “My party has a proud and unrivalled record on constitutional reform in this country.  Having drafted and passed Bunreacht na hÉireann in 1937, we have played a strong role in every major revision to the Constitution in the intervening years.


“Fianna Fáil will therefore be approaching this Convention with the utmost seriousness, working to ensure that any proposals emerging from it strengthen all that is best about Bunreacht na hÉireann and that it become a catalyst for meaningful reform of the political system.


“Fianna Fáil’s Committee on Constitutional Reform will seek the input of members and citizens all across the country, including the North, over the course of coming months and will be responsible for informing the party’s response to this critically important process.  


“The Irish people have shown again and again that they will only consider change to their Constitution when it is given the respect it deserves and when they are fully involved in any debate on its amendment.  This will be the hallmark of Fianna Fáil’s approach to the Convention.


“Under my chairmanship, our Committee on Constitutional Reform will comprise the following individuals:


      Dara Calleary TD

      Seán Fleming TD

      Senator Averil Power

      Senator Thomas Byrne

      Cllr Jim O’Callaghan


“At this weekend’s Ard Fheis we will set out our plans for nationwide consultation on the Convention.  Fianna Fáil is looking forward to playing a full, constructive and creative role in further strengthening the foundation stone of democracy in our country.”

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