31/10/11

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the defeat of the Oireachtas Inquiry referendum.

“I was delighted that the Oireachtas Inquiries referendum was defeated decisively across the country and in Dublin West. I was deeply concerned with the scope of the powers that the proposed amendment would have given to TDs, without adequate supervision from the courts. Throughout the by-election campaign, I raised the issue of the referendum with voters on the doors and urged people to vote against it. In light of the real concern I heard from voters about the extent of the proposal, I was not surprised that the amendment was defeated”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The attitude of the Government throughout the campaign was extremely arrogant, particularly the personal attacks that Ministers made against persons who disagreed with their analysis of the provisions. Labour and Fine Gael have promised to establish a Constitutional Convention to review sections of the Constitution. While I welcome this development, I hope the Government learns lessons from the way it conducted this referendum. People will only vote to change our Constitution if the amendments are the result of an open process”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

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