Fianna Fáil Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has outlined the party’s position for the new Dáil term following the recess.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl said: “We are the only opposition party actually interested in solutions and bringing workable alternative policies.  Among the issues we will be advancing using our Private Members time in the Dáil will be:

“A new bill on personal insolvency: the Coping with Debt Bill, establishing a Debt Settlement Office and putting in place a clear, transparent and fair framework to help families who are really struggling.

“We will introduce our Protecting the Family Home Bill.  If the Government is serious when it talks about protecting family homes, it will rethink its opposition to this Bill and take it forward without delay.

“Our Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan will be focussing on the crisis facing the national dairy herd and the ongoing negotiations of the CAP post 2013.

“Fianna Fáil will also introduce a motion in the House recognising the right to a Palestinian State.  This will build on the approach taken by Fianna Fáil in Government when we led the way in Europe condemning the Israeli war on Gaza and is in the proud tradition of Fianna Fáil’s longstanding independent foreign policy platform.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl added: “Aside from putting considerable focus on the autumn Dáil term Fianna Fáil will be working had to renew our party, reconnect with voters and reach out to members, existing and new.  This will involved an extensive debate with our membership across the country on proposals for significant organisational reform aimed at returning the member to the core of the party.  These proposals will then be put to a transformative Ard Fheis in February.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl concluded: “There will be a vigorous campaign on behalf of Fianna Fáil in the Dublin West by-election and I am working closely with our candidate David McGuinness as his Director of Elections.  Fianna Fáil has a long history of representing the people of Dublin West and we will be working very hard to retain the seat won by the late Brian Lenihan in February.”