Senator Daly calls on the Leader to Arrange for a Debate on the New Constitutional Convention

Order of Business

22 of February 2012

Senator Mark Daly:

Ireland and the EU have a democratic deficit. The direction the EU is taking is not democratic in nature. Since the failure of the euro started, we have seen that it was designed to fail. According to many commentators, it was not structured correctly. The new EU structures being put in place are also designed to fail. They lack consultation with—–

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames:

The Senator is living in his own world.

An Cathaoirleach:

Could we have Senator Daly without interruption, please?

Senator Mark Daly:

If Senator Healy Eames believes that a lack of consultation with the citizens of Europe—–

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames:

The Senator stated, “designed to fail”.

An Cathaoirleach:

Senator Daly without interruption.

Senator Mark Daly:

If one designs a democratic structure without consulting the people—–

Senator Darragh O’Brien:

Senator Healy Eames complains about education cuts in her constituency, but then she enters the House to vote for them. That is apparent.

Senator David Cullinane:

Will Fianna Fáil support the referendum?

An Cathaoirleach:

Could we have Senator Daly without interruption, please?

Senator Mark Daly:

I am not saying that the Senator opposite is part of the political elite, but the political class and the bureaucrats are telling the citizens of Europe how it should be run.

An Cathaoirleach:

Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?

Senator Mark Daly:

Yes. We need a debate on this issue. I welcome the constitutional convention, which is a positive step taken by the Government. It is consulting the people. It will select 100 people from all walks of life to feed into this welcome process. I suggest that Europe should travel in a similar direction when designing its new structures instead of following its current path, whereby the French and Germans are telling everyone how Europe should be structured—–

An Cathaoirleach:

Has the Senator a question for the Leader?

Senator Mark Daly:

Will the Leader arrange for a debate on the new constitutional convention? It is important that the issues under discussion and the proposed changes be debated in the House. We could have a series of debates. To the Senator opposite, Europe—–

Senator Marie Moloney:

Senator Daly must address the Chair.

Senator Mark Daly:

If she replied to me, I will reply to her.

An Cathaoirleach:

The Senator has asked his question and has gone over time. I call Senator Paul Coghlan.

Senator Mark Daly:

If Senator Healy Eames believes that Europe is democratic in nature while the Germans and French dictate to everyone how it should be run, she is the one who is not living in the real world.

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