TDs Start Three-Month Summer Holidays
After a strenuous seven days of work since mid-June, the Dáil yesterday adjourned for a three-month summer holiday. But the Green Party argued against the long holidays, with Trevor Sargent saying that the Government wanted to insulate itself from scrutiny and accountability by sitting for less than 100 days a year. Oh no, wait, that’s what he said last year, not this year. >>>
No Dáil Sittings
Here’s what Trevor Sargent said last year, when (like yesterday) Fine Gael and Labour tried to shorten the long summer holidays.
The Government should acknowledge the widely held view that with the House rising today until 27 September the Government wishes to insulate itself from scrutiny and accountability.
Dáil Éireann is where account ability takes place…
Westminster sits for 55 more days that this Parliament. How can the Dáil justify sitting 96 days, not even reaching 100, while across the water parliament sitting another 55 days is considered normal?
That makes it difficult to secure parity of esteem in terms of accountability for the democratic process in this jurisdiction.
If we are serious about resolving matters in the North, we could start by getting our own house in order and ensure this House sits for the same length of time as the parliament across the water.
No Dáil Committees
This year, the adjournment is even worse, as it takes place before the new Dáil Committees have been established. So, not only will there be no Dáil sittings, there won’t even be any Committee meetings.
The Government now, in the lingo of the Green Party, has double insulation against scrutiny and accountability.