Senator Daly speaks on repairing the democratic deficit

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I renew my call for a debate on repairing the democratic deficit. Last week, we saw the democratically elected Údarás na Gaeltachta being abolished. We hear town councils are to be got rid of and county councillors throughout the country will see their numbers reduced. The number of Dáil Deputies is to be reduced and the future of the Seanad is in doubt. When, under the Lisbon treaty, 139 pieces of proposed legislation were sent to the parliaments of member states, 428 submissions were made by those parliaments but Ireland only managed to make one submission. The former Joint Committee on European Scrutiny estimated that 75% of Irish legislation is made by Ministers signing statutory instruments to give effect to EU legislation and is not debated here, in the Dáil or in committees.

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