Connaughton appointed to petitions committee

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Galway East TD Paul Connaughton has been appointed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions.

‘I was informed earlier this week that the Taoiseach has appointed me to serve on the Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions. This committee oversees a framework for a petitions system in the Houses of the Oireachtas. It’s a challenge that I relish as I believe that petitions can become an important point of interaction between the public and the parliament.

‘Traditionally petitions have been an avenue by which members of the public can engage with parliaments across the world and the establishment of this committee aims to provide a platform for people to take part in the democratic process.

‘The committee, which is made up of TDs and Senators, may invite the petitioner before the committee or may seek oral or written evidence from relevant Government bodies. It may refer the petition to any other Committee or refer to the Ombudsman or other redress body. It can also report to the Dáil or Seanad and ask that the report be debated in either house.’