Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform: Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Committee Stage

6:15 pm

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Independent) | Oireachtas source

It deals with the same kind of issue. To me, this is the most serious flaw in the legislation, which has many good points. The context is that the Minister has suggested I do not appreciate how little control Cabinet holds over Government Deputies and Senators. I do not have his 30 years in the Oireachtas but I have read political scientists who agree we have the most centralised control in the developed democratic world in terms of Cabinet control. It is the opinion of independent experts that the Irish Cabinet is the most controlling Cabinet in the developed world.


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