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Reforming Elections to Dáil Éireann

Reforming Elections to Dáil Éireann
Resolution for YFG National Conference 2013, Tower Hotel Waterford
Saturday 23 November
Presented by: Alfie Byrne YFG - Dublin North Central/Dublin Bay North


• That the Fine Gael party pledged wide-ranging reform of our democratic institutions when in opposition;
• That Fine Gael was given a mandate for sweeping reform of our institutions at all levels at the 2011 General Election;
• That a clear mood remains among the public for reform of how politics operates in Ireland
• That the Seanad referendum result shows the public are not satisfied with the reforms that have been offered to date and are open to a more wide-ranging reforms than those that have been offered to date;


• That technical changes to the internal workings of the Dáil are simply not enough to regain public trust;
• That far more fundamental electoral reform is required;
• That localism and "parish-pump" politics contributed directly to decades of misrule and continue to damage our democratic system;
• That competition within parties, rather than between parties, is damaging to Fine Gael and corrosive to the political system;
• That the multi-seat constituency system of election to the Dáil has entrenched these problems;
• That virtually no other member state of the European Union elects its lower house in this way;
• That the reforms of Local Government which will be implemented in 2014 are totally insufficient and mark only an incremental reform of the system.

YFG proposes:-

• That Fine Gael in Government should bring about a revolution in how the Dáil is elected;
• That a majority of the members of the Dáil should be elected in single-seat constituencies, elected by the Alternative Vote method, with the remainder elected through a "Top-Up" list system to ensure balanced representation for smaller parties and Independents;
• That members of the Oireachtas should be specifically barred from engaging in local issues and should only represent the views of their constituents on national policy and legislation;
• That in order to continue to rebalance the system and continue to provide adequate local representation, that local government is strengthened in a meaningful way, and that Councillors are resourced properly to allow them to better represent constituents on local issues.
• That as only part of these reforms, there should a modest reduction in the size of the Dáil to approximately 130 members.

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