‘Send the Government a message on the 4th of October,the power grab must stop, vote No’ said Senator Daly as he called for a No vote in the upcoming 4th October referendum.
The power of Ministers has been compared to those of King Henry VIII, in a report on the role of the Houses of the Oireachtas in the scrutiny of Legislation which was published by the Oireachtas. The provision is known as the ‘King Henry VIII provisions’ it gives power to ministers to change laws passed by TD’S without seeking their approval. ‘The power grab must stop, send the Government a message on the 4th of October, vote No’ said Senator Daly.
The King Henry VIII provision “purports to authorise the making of secondary legislation to amend an Act and on occasion, Ministers proceed to make such regulations” says the Oireachtas publication.
This is providing Ministers “the power to legislate unilaterally by proclamation”, as the Oireachtas described the power that King Henry VIII had to make laws by proclamation. ‘Absolute power for Ministers to amend legislation without referring to elected representatives has to stop, said Senator Daly.