Dáil 'reform' shows little stomach for real change

The government does not want to give up power. So do not expect real reform, writes Pat Leahy.

14th September, 2013
In most countries, James Reilly and Alan Shatter would have had to resign.

The government launched a package of Dáil reforms last week, but they were another missed opportunity to profoundly reform the way our political system works.

It is not clear if the government is just pretending, or if the leadership of the coalition actually believes that beginning Dáil business at half-nine rather than half-ten two days a week amounts to a substantial reform of a political system it admits has failed dismally; frankly, I...

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