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Our new Taoiseach and Dáil speaking time…  June 16, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.



Perhaps the most interesting point in an overview by Pat Leahy was the following:

There is a change on the way in the Dáil too. Varadkar indicated that Fine Gael will make common cause with Fianna Fáil to end the situation where Independent TDs are hugely overrepresented in the allocation of speaking time.

And lo, last night one can read:

The Government Chief Whip has said he wants to reach out to his colleagues across the political divide and have a discussion about proportionality in the Dáil.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News At One, Joe McHugh said that new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has an appetite to “try and do things differently”.

I’ll bet. It will be educative to see where this winds up.



1. dublinstreams - June 16, 2017

Vardakar “Suffice it to just say this, I received 57 votes today. Only two of those 57 were allowed to speak. On the benches opposite, 40 Members chose to abstain but only one was allowed to explain why. It is important in a democracy to have diversity. However, democracy is also about proportionality”. https://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2017-06-14a.16&s=57#g105 The new Taoiseach doesn’t understand the concept of Party/group spokespersons, whats the point of giving more time to people to repeat the party line.

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RosencrantzisDead - June 16, 2017

The point is to ensure Fianna Fáil get more coverage and to marginalise left groups and SF.


dublinstreams - June 16, 2017

so why did FF and FG agree to it in the first place? One theory proposed was that giving more time to other groups meant less time for SF but now they fed up with being challenged.


Dermot O Connor - June 16, 2017

It might reduce SF relative to FF/FG, but might it not boost SF relative to inds/small left? They have 24 TDs after all; if the INDs are getting extra time, they’d be set to lose more proportionally?

And as other polls have suggested, there seems to be a long term churn between SF / Inds (often a poll will show a very strong correlation between SF up / IND down and vice versa.

This might blow up in their faces, if so.


dublinstreams - June 16, 2017

I was talking about the position as it is now.


WorldbyStorm - June 16, 2017

Interesting theory dublinstreams. I wouldn’t put it past them.


2. 6to5against - June 16, 2017

…but good if Leo to remind us that he has been elected by only a minority of the dail, and that he is supported only by a minority within his own party…

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