Thursday, 29 April 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
I very much welcome the recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly and I thank its members for the work they have done. They have produced a really excellent report, as did the Constitutional Convention and previous citizens' assemblies such as that which considered the eighth amendment. Government will consider these recommendations and the Oireachtas will also want to do so. We will be able to issue a reasoned response once we have done that. It is fair to say that Government will agree with and want to pursue many, and perhaps the vast majority, of the recommendations but, as is always the case with citizens' assemblies, this assembly has looked at a particular set of matters in a discrete way while we all know, from our experience in politics, that, whether we like it or not, there are limitations. We have limited financial resources, human resources and legislative time. It is never possible to do everything we would like to at the one time but we can do a lot of things over time.