Seanad debates

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Electoral (Amendment)(Political Funding) Bill 2011: Committee Stage (Resumed)


5:00 pm

Photo of Fiach MacConghailFiach MacConghail (Independent)

There were three in the period 1981-1982. There appears to be a reluctance in the Bill to go from 30% to 40% as quickly as possible. Therefore, I regretfully disagree with Senator Bacik. We could be waiting quite a long time to jump from 30% to 40%, as the 40% would be introduced seven years after the next general election. I am open to correction on this and will be happy to be corrected. It is for that reason that I support going to 40% immediately rather than waiting for what could be 13 or 14 years.


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