Seanad debates

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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


5:00 pm

Photo of Rónán MullenRónán Mullen (Independent)

Hopefully is not good enough, if I may say so. I have a strong view that this proposed amendment is taking the section in the wrong direction. I ask whether we are proposing 30% or 40% as the figure. What percentage of people in this country are immigrants? What percentage of people in this country are non-nationals? I estimate it is about 12% or 13% but I may be mistaken. I say there is a far greater unrepresentation, a far greater problem of representation. The very effective women Deputies and Senators make it look like there is no imbalance on occasions because of the quality of their engagement with politics and great credit is due to them, considering they are in a minority, that they do so-----


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