Freelance Journalist/ Writer
Where is the Democracy in Dail Eireann?
The hounding of FG TD Denis Naughton by his own party has little to do with
Denis Naughton TD was elected by the people of Roscommon to represent them
in Dail Eireann.
The political party of Fine Gael interpret Mr Naughton’s election as an
election to the Fine Gael party.
FG expect loyalty to the political party to take precedence over loyalty to
the electorate who voted for Mr Naughton.
This distortion of democratic representation is reinforced by sanctions and
loss of income for the offending Deputy.
In effect he is fined Euro 9,500 per annum.
between the antiquated Ceann Comhairle rules and procedures and the party
whip system there is little room for TDs to represent their electorate.
How democratic is that and where does the citizens right to representation
exist in this distorted framework of party above democracy?