Further to a letter yesterday from President Michael D Higgins to the Ceann Comhairle expressing concerns over the volume of legislation being sent for his signature…
In response, the Ceann Comhairle and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad told the President they understand and appreciate his concerns.
They were convening a meeting of the Dáil’s Business Committee and the Seanad’s Committee on Procedure at 2pm today.
Duncan Smith, who will attend that meeting for the Labour Party, said he welcomed the President’s intervention and that the issue of condensing legislation must be addressed.
Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats said it should not take an intervention from the President to realise that ramming through legislation at the last minute is no way to treat the democratic process.
I am delighted to see @PresidentIRL @MichaelDHiggins speak out on abuse of Parliament by the current Government. How many last minute sign offs took place at yesterday’s cabinet meeting. I’m hearing the #SAR tender possible €1 billion came up under AOB https://t.co/nboxUMnsym
— Senator G Craughwell (@GCraughwell) July 29, 2021