A row erupted on the eve of the Dáil Summer recess. This row was not a procedural row and the anger of many was real as the Govt , Including ALL of the Green party voted to relegate the voices of opposition in the Dail; it wasn’t about speaking time; that remains the same. It was about ensuring the opposition in smaller parties are pushed down the order and ignored by media and press.

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It is truly shocking that while ordinary people are held to account for their behaviour, TDs can avoid sanction in the Dáil, even when they’re caught rapid. For instance, voting twice for a citzen can get you €2000 fine or 2 years in jail. And dodgy voting in the Dáil isn’t the only crime. What about the 50 odd progressive Bills that are held up on spurious grounds, and we suffer as a result – Bills on housing, health, climate action. And they call this democracy?

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Very proud to be able to speak on the 100th anniversary of getting the vote in 2018. The right to vote was hard won by revolutionary action; it brought us formal democratic rights, but now we need REAL DEMOCRACY. So instead of a tiny elite deciding how the wealth and resources in society are divvied up – we all get to have a say – ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY. Speed the day!

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