Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin will be in Drogheda this evening for the Leinster leg of his national tour to consult with party members on the forthcoming Constitutional Convention. Fianna Fáil is seeking the views of its members ahead of the formal launch of the Constitutional Convention.
Deputy Martin said: “Fianna Fáil members are rightly proud of the party’s role in the foundation of Bunreacht na hÉireann. 75 years on from its endorsement by the Irish people, our constitution remains a living document that must continue to respond to the changing realities of life in this country. For this reason, we will be playing a very active role in the upcoming Constitutional Convention.
“The original idea presented by Government was that the Convention would have begun last summer and be well on the way to preparing its final report by now. Instead, there has been an on-going delay and it now has a severely limited agenda.
“I believe this is a unique opportunity to examine the fundamental issues of how the Oireachtas and the government work. If we don’t seize this opportunity the moment for reform may be lost for a long time and the public will rightly become even more disillusioned with politics. In an extraordinary move, the Government is refusing to let a Convention on the constitutional future of this country even discuss whether we have a second chamber in parliament.
“If we learn nothing else from the crisis that the country is going through, we must learn that our political system requires systematic reform. Fianna Fáil will be bringing forward detailed proposals for such reform and I will be holding a number of meetings around the country, like tonight’s meeting in Drogheda, and we are calling on Government to allow a wider range of proposals be considered in the context of the Constitutional Convention.”