Monthly Archives: October 2011

Powers of Inquiry in the Irish Parliament

I won’t have the full post on committees ready in time for the referendum on giving Irish Oireachtas (Parliamentary) committees more power so I’ve split off the section about powers of inquiry as much as I can; it’s surprisingly difficult … Continue reading

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Some links

Some interesting parliamentary reform articles: Canada Our Houses no longer homes for democracy – Scott Stinton, National Post It’s the end of the political party as we know it – and I feel fine – David Berlin, Globe and Mail … Continue reading

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The Lords reforms the peers want

In contrast to the governments draft House of Lords bill, one set of reforms has got the provisional green light from their Lordships. Back in the Spring, the report of a Leader’s Group on Working Practices was published. It was prompted … Continue reading

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Double-take

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Select Committee Amendments in the British House of Commons

I’m a bit late on this one, but the British House of Commons Procedure Committee published a report which, among other things, talked about Select Committee amendments (Improving the Effectiveness of Parliamentary Scrutiny) last March which has just been debated and … Continue reading

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Tit for tat: Dáil reforms

As I mentioned in my post on Seanad reform the Dáil Éireann, pronounced dall air-un, is also getting its share of internal reform thanks to the new government. The Dáil is the Irish lower house and currently has 166 deputies all elected by … Continue reading

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The long and winding road: reforming delegated legislation

So I was looking up a report for this post and I had what can only be described as a Moment of Clarity. I realised that I was sitting in a dingy and dusty room in the back of the … Continue reading

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