‘We have a responsibility’ as we prepare for new Irish Government, says Fianna Fáil leader
As the Irish Government looks to take the reins of the economy and govern Ireland once more, it is important to remember that there are a number of issues that have not yet been addressed.
This is particularly the case with the current Government’s plans for a new Irish Constitution, which could create a situation where all power will be devolved to the people in the form of an executive, rather than the current structure of devolved government.
It is also crucial that we recognise that the process of constitutional change is complex, that there is an opportunity to reform the current Constitution to reflect the changes that we are going through.
It also is vital that we have a plan for constitutional change that ensures that the new Government will not become another government of the previous Government that could be used as an excuse to change the Constitution. Fiannad Fáili’s Minister of State for the Economy, Fergus Erskine-Hughes, today outlined a number proposed reforms for constitutional reform.
There are two major proposals that Erspine-Higgins is proposing. “
What we need to do is to ensure that all constitutional changes are based on real needs of the people and real issues of the day, and that we take into account the views of the whole of society, the whole community, and the wider Irish society.”
There are two major proposals that Erspine-Higgins is proposing.
The first is to create a Constitutional Commission which would be made up of representatives of the Irish Parliament, the Taoiseach, the Government and the people of the country, with representatives from the different parties.
The second proposal is to amend the Constitution to provide that no new government will be created under the current system.
It was a proposal that had been floated by Fianni-Leinster TD, Mary Lou McDonald in her 2013 report on the current political situation in the Republic.
It would have required a two-thirds majority in both Houses of the State Parliament and a two thirds majority in the Seanad, and would have been based on the proposal that if a two party majority is achieved, the Constitutional Commission would be dissolved and a new one would be created.
Fiamma O’Dell’s proposal is the most recent of the two proposals, which are supported by the other major parties, Fine Gael and Labour.
She said: “[The constitutional changes] have the potential to provide for the introduction of a new, more democratic, and more effective government.
There will be no new constitutional changes, there will be a new Constitutional Commission and the changes will take effect immediately.
It will provide for a clear transition from the current arrangements and this will not lead to a constitutional change for another government.
We believe that this will be the most effective and effective way to ensure a smooth transition for our citizens and we would urge everyone to back this reform.”
Ersgine-Herwys proposal would see the creation of a Constitutional Council which would consist of representatives from all parties in the Irish Senate, and from the Government of the Republic, as well as representatives from a range of organisations including the Irish Water Corporation and the Association of Chief Executives of the European Union (ACCE).
Fiammé O’Donoghue said that the Constitutional Council would be an independent body, which would have the power to review the proposed changes and make recommendations on the matter.
She added that if the Constitutional Amendment Bill is not passed by the Irish Assembly by the end of this year, the Council will be required to make recommendations for constitutional changes.
Fia Fiamms approach was that the Council would have to ensure the constitutional changes were based on actual needs and that it was up to the Irish people to decide what that means.
In addition, Fiammoher said that if constitutional amendments were passed by Parliament, they would be subject to a referendum.
She also stated that there was no timetable for the Constitutional Changes Bill to be passed in the Assembly, which means that the Bill must be passed by an independent and transparent referendum process.
Fiala Tullop’s proposal involves the creation and the transfer of power to the Taoícloasts Government and would see that the Minister of the Department of Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, would be the Minister responsible for the constitutional reforms.
It states: “Fianna Fail will ensure that the constitutional reform of the Government is approved by the people.
If the Taoisla taoiseach is to become a Minister of Justice in the future, then the Taois taoisceach, and other Ministers will be given the role of the Minister for Justice and the Minister in the Department for Justice.”
Fiammina O’Donnell has called for the creation in the Constitution