Dáil to set for an extra five hours a week as part of reforms
on 12/09/2013 13:30:30
Most of the reforms go ahead from now, but some - like giving opposition parties more power on committees - will only proceed if the Seanad is scrapped in the referendum.
Among the changes are sitting earlier in the day, longer blocks for dealing with legislation - but the use of the guillotine will still remain at the discretion of the Government.
One of the proposed changes will be an annual 'Queen's speech' type event by the Taoiseach and Ministers:
"A statement from both myself and the Tánaiste in respect of the challenges that government see up ahead," he said.
"What we want to do is have the government set out in the Dáil and a debate on it on the trends, the opportunities, the challenges and the difficulties that government see."