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Political Reform

Dáil Question on establishing Independent Electoral Commission

Question No. 548 Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil: To the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the status of the establishment of an Independent Electoral Commission; when will it be established

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My Dail speech on Local Government Bill – 23rd October 2013

Deputy Anthony Lawlor: As a former county councillor, I welcome the Bill.  I was in office when Better Local Government was brought in.  It was not about councillors but about local officials, which created a layer of bureaucracy.  It suited the Fianna Fáil Government at the time to

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My exchange on Dáil Reform with An Taoiseach during Topical Issues Debate – Tuesday 8th October

Deputy Anthony Lawlor: I thank the Ceann Comhairle’s office for allowing us to raise this topic. I welcome the Taoiseach to the Chamber. That this might be the first Topical Issue he has taken, it shows how much respect he has for this topic. I wish to

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Why I’m calling for a Yes Vote on October 4th

1st October 2013 On Friday 4th October the people of Kildare North are being asked to vote in two very important referendums, one to abolish Seanad Éireann and the other to establish a Court of Appeal. I am encouraging you to vote Yes in both referendums. I

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