Mansergh Says Need For Reform

The current crisis has highlighted deficiencies in our political system and has produced from the different parties many proposals for reform, and for a more full-time parliament, according to Tipperary South’s Deputy Martin Mansergh, who said that, in many ways, the most radical are those of Michéal Martin, the new leader of Fianna Fáil.

The current crisis has highlighted deficiencies in our political system and has produced from the different parties many proposals for reform, and for a more full-time parliament, according to Tipperary South’s Deputy Martin Mansergh, who said that, in many ways, the most radical are those of Michéal Martin, the new leader of Fianna Fáil.

Dr Mansergh said that Mr Martin had called for a parliament which had a direct link with citizens, but was focused on national issues.

“It is increasingly difficult, given the complexity of most issues, to do proper justice simultaneously to the role of legislator and parliamentarian as well as fulfil all the traditional expectations of a local TD, to turn up at or send a message to the maximum number of meetings, events or functions in their constituency outside Dail sitting times,” he said.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.