Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Waterford, Councillor Mary Butler, has launched an attack on the performance of Fine Gael and Labour in government and accused the parties of “degrading the role of the national parliament” on major issues of serious public concern.
Councillor Butler has said she is astonished that the Dáil remains on its summer recess considering the matters facing the country that require an important national dialogue.
Councillor Butler said: “This summer we learned from police in the North that the IRA appears to still have a command structure on this Island, the report into the Taoiseach’s controversial role in the departure of the former Garda Commissioner has been published and thousands of refugees are literally walking into Europe, desperate for a safer, better life, in the greatest humanitarian emergency in Europe since World War II. What does it take to get this government off its holidays?
“I am working every day to try to represent the people of Waterford in the next Dáil and I am really taken aback at how little respect this government has for the national parliament. We’re a long way from Enda Kenny’s “democratic revolution” which I would now respectfully suggest lies in tatters.
“I think Irish people want a government that derives its authority from the parliament and not one that seeks to impose its authority on the Dáil. The more time I spend meeting people who are utterly disillusioned with politics the more I am determined to restore a real connection between the Dáil and the people. This government is so arrogant and out of touch with the views of the public on the ground that it should be preparing itself for a real democratic revolution in the next election.”