Wednesday August 12, 2020

Howlin: ‘do-nothing Dáil’ is as useful as a ‘local debating society’

The Labour leader says the government should call an election as 250 bills are ‘going nowhere’

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

15th July, 2018
Brendan Howlin, the Labour leader, says his party has 24 candidates ready to go Picture: Bryan Meade

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has called for a general election to put an end to the “do-nothing Dáil”.

In an interview with The Sunday Business Post, he criticised a Dáil where there were more than 250 private members’ bills which had passed second stage but were “going nowhere”.

“Every week, the government is defeated. But a decision of Dáil Eireann has now the currency of a decision...

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