With all major financial decisions out of it's hands what should next gov focus on?

blackpitts

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A lot of posters talk about the need for political reform. With all the major financial decisions being taken out of it's hands what should the next government make it's centrepiece? Is this an opportunity to focus on some real, maybe even radical, reforms to our broken political system?
 


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Abolition of the Seanad.
Reduce the dail to 60.
Cut wages of TD's, ministers, taoiseach and senior civil servants by 40%.
Reduce the number of consulates and embassies.
All expenses should be vouched.
Get rid of goverment jet.
Increase powers of local government to allow dail to work on national issues alone(removing parish pump politics).
Make it the law to have to vote.
Make irish political history compulsory in secondary schools.

Plenty more suggestions but its early...and don't really want to be wasting my energy when none of this will come to pass anyway...
 

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Investigate EVERY office holder and Councillor (of all parties) over the last 13 years and have the DPP investigate where any wrong-doing is discovered.
 

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Abolition of the Seanad.
Reduce the dail to 60.
Cut wages of TD's, ministers, taoiseach and senior civil servants by 40%.
Reduce the number of consulates and embassies.
All expenses should be vouched.
Get rid of goverment jet.
Increase powers of local government to allow dail to work on national issues alone(removing parish pump politics).
Make it the law to have to vote.
Make irish political history compulsory in secondary schools.

Plenty more suggestions but its early...and don't really want to be wasting my energy when none of this will come to pass anyway...
Reduce the dail to 60. - Yes far too many of them there as it is, but don't think the carrer politicians at the heads of either Labour or FG will do it.

Cut wages of TD's, ministers, taoiseach and senior civil servants by 40%. - Agreed but will have to be done now anyway.


Reduce the number of consulates and embassies. - Reduce unnecessary staffing and expenses, might come in handy for trade negotiations.

All expenses should be vouched. - Yes but hopefully the cost of vouching them doesn't exceed the expenses.

Get rid of government jet. - No, often attacked and maligned and misused but also necessary in case of emergencies, however use should be limited on a cost effective basis.

Increase powers of local government to allow dáil to work on national issues alone(removing parish pump politics). Danger here! Would have to be monitored carefully no matter who is in charge to ensure it is corruption free. Local government was at the heart of corruption in Ireland and suffered in its powers as a result. However the current situation of quangos controlling a lot of LC functions isn't satisfactory either.

Make it the law to have to vote. No. You should have the right to abstain. Also I don't want the job of giving five days going through spoilt votes when tallying before even starting to count.

Make irish political history compulsory in secondary schools. Yes, and I would add to that Economics and Finance, we have a nation of the economically and financially illiterate, no insult meant to anyone but a sound grounding in this is not given in schools and most are confined to sound bites on the airwaves as opposed to having a fundamental understanding. For instance how many understand money supply theory?
 


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