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Whip System should be reformed for Non-Budgetary Votes - News - Young Fine Gael

Whip System should be reformed for Non-Budgetary Votes

A proposal that the whip system be relaxed in the case of non-budgetary votes will be under discussion at the Young Fine Gael (YFG) Summer School in Galway City this weekend (July 8th – 10th).

YFG President, Eric Keane, said: "The strong whip system means that the Dáil does not adequately serve its function as a debating chamber. Dissent, concern or disagreement by a member risks them losing their place in their respective parliamentary parties, and having to break strong ties with Party membership.

"Given the result of the vast majority of votes is a foregone conclusion, it is natural that deputies on all sides of the house resort to reading prepared speeches, rather than engaging in debate. A change in this would strengthen the role of the Dáil, which is a comparatively weak legislature.

"All parties need to change their policy on the use of the whip. Very few other democracies apply the most severe whip for all votes. Bizarrely, the whip is used for the most minor procedural votes in the Dáil."

A motion regarding the whip system has been put forward by the YFG National Executive for discussion by 200 delegates during a session on political reform.

Following intense and detailed negotiations with our European partners over the past few months to secure an Irish seat on the board, it was announced in Brussels that Mr. Lauder would be uncontested. The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister Lucinda Creighton generously assisted and advised during the long negotiation period.

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