Why I’m voting Yes on October 27th – Referendum will enhance accountability and end the tribunal saga

20/10/2011

Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell has called for a Yes vote on the 27th October with regard to the referendum on inquiries by the Oireachtas, saying the successful passage of the referendum will provide an effective alternative to tribunals, and will allow issues of public importance to be put under the spotlight in a cost efficient manner.
“No one needs to be reminded of the costly and lengthy saga that the tribunals turned out to be. We need a more efficient system to hold people to account in an effective and timely fashion.

“Our proposals will allow an effective alternative to expensive tribunals which have cost the taxpayer more than €350 million and will allow the Dáil to complete inquiries into matters of public importance.

“As a member of the Select Committee of Investigations, Oversights, and Petitions a Yes vote, to give the powers of inquiries and to reverse the Abbeylara Judgement, is of paramount importance and will give real authority to the Dáil Committee structure.

“The electorate will also be asked to decide if judges salaries should be subject to the same amendments as all public servants. While all State employees have been subject to cuts and levies in the past number of years, the judiciary have been exempt from such amendments. It is my belief that no one should be exempt from playing their part in our economic recovery.

“This government is committed in saving money for the taxpayer where possible and by voting Yes on the 27th October you are allowing the Government to deliver political reform by making our system more open, transparent and effective for the public.”

ENDS