Category Archives: Ireland

Making it easier to unseat the British Speaker

The House of Commons Procedure Committee has unveiled its latest report examining the elections of various positions in the House of Commons (2010 elections for positions in the House). Most of the report is fairly uninteresting – bits about number … Continue reading

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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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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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Reform or bust: the Irish Senate

The Seanad Éireann, pronounced sha-nud air-un, may not exist for much longer. The current Fine Gael/Labour government has pledged to hold a referendum on abolition for the Seanad (along with a small degree of strengthening the committee system in the lower chamber … Continue reading

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