FINE Gael Cork North Central Deputy, Dara Murphy, has slammed the Opposition for its failure to engage in the debate on the Legal Services Regulation Bill which was at Second Stage this afternoon (Thursday) in the Dáil.
The Deputy went on to say that twice in the last 24 hours, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil failed to come to the Chamber to engage in Dáil proceedings.
“Sitting on the Government benches of the Dáil this afternoon, one wondered if Government Deputies had misread the schedule and gotten the time of the debate for the Legal Services Bill wrong, as almost two hours into proceedings, there was still not one member of either of the two main Opposition parties present in the Chamber. Not only did Fianna Fáil not show up, they also failed to take up their allotted speaking time.
“This is the second time in the last 24 hours that Sinn Fein and Fianna Fáil have shunned the Dáil. Last night during debates on the Motor Taxation Bill, the House had to be adjourned for 90 minutes as no-one from either of the main Opposition parties was present. As a result, the Bill was moved and went through without a vote.
“Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have been making loud noises to members of the legal profession about representations they are making in the Dáil on their behalf, when in reality they cannot be bothered to turn for the debate. Furthermore, both parties have ridiculed the Government’s attempts at political reform, with Fianna Fáil calling into question the value of Friday sittings and the length of time given to debates.
“The Government has a comprehensive programme of recovery and reform that we are trying to implement as efficiently as possible. Full and inclusive debate is an essential part of formulating the legislation needed to turn the country around. The very least the Opposition could do is show up.”