The government’s excessive use of the guillotine to ram through crucial legislation is further proof that its rhetoric on Dáil reform is a complete sham, according to Fianna Fáil Deputy Timmy Dooley.
Deputy Dooley was commenting after the three hour Dáil debate today on the Brighter Evenings Bill 2013.
“It is becoming increasingly apparent that this government has no genuine appetite for Dáil reform. How can we expect the public to have any confidence whatsoever in the political system as they watch what happened in the Dáil this week? They saw crucial pieces of legislation being rammed through the House while an entire Dáil sitting is dedicated to discussing brighter evenings.
“This week the government rammed through legislation that will make it easier for banks to repossess family homes. The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013 will have a major impact on thousands of families across the country who are crippled by mortgage debt. The government also rammed through legislation relating to the Oireachtas Inquiries Bill, again refusing to provide sufficient time to debate the many amendments submitted by my colleague Seán Fleming and other opposition representatives.
“Unfortunately, this story is becoming all too familiar. The guillotine has been used on 63% of legislation since this government got into power in March 2011. And the situation is getting worse. Over the past few months alone, we have seen the government ram through crucial legislation on the family home tax, water charges, social welfare cuts, agency workers’ rights and Croke Park 2 to name but a few.
“This coalition has the largest majority in the history of the State. It is using this power to stifle debate, shut down constructive contributions from the opposition, and simply impose its rule. It is becoming increasingly clear that Fine Gael is motivated by increasing its own level of control without any intention of keeping its promises on genuine political reform.”