Statement of Micheál Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fáil
This result is complete rejection of the Government’s strategy of talking about reform but simply increasing their own power.
The Taoiseach now has a duty to engage with other parties and civil society in a serious discussion about real reform of our parliament and government.
He should also abandon his plan, confirmed to me in a meeting on Wednesday, to impose the government’s changes to Dáil procedures without input from other parties.
We have tabled a list of proposed reform including a significant move of power from Ministers to the Oireachtas. These proposals, and those of others including Senators Quinn and Zappone, should now be discussed.
When this referendum campaign began polls showed a 74% Yes vote. The success of the No side in persuading people in the face of a well-funded and highly negative government campaign is a tribute to everyone involved.
I would like to acknowledge the work of our campaign director Deputy Niall Collins, Deputy Director Cllr Jim O’Callaghan and members throughout the country who had a big impact, particularly in the last week.
I would also like to acknowledge the work of non-party people in the referendum and hope that they stay fully involved as the debate now moves on to the demand for real reform.