One of the key means by which the government of the day in Ireland is held to account, is provided by the parliamentary questioning (PQ) system where any deputy in the Dail can submit in writing any question of any minister, and they’re generally supposed to get a response in three working days. It’s a powerful tool in this democracy, but as was evidenced in this Government’s Programme for Government (extract above), it is a tool that could benefit from additional support.
Not all questions will get answers of course. Sometimes the information sought isn’t recorded any place, on occasions the information is too voluminous to collate and sometimes the information is commercially confidential. This blogpost will examine three finance parliamentary questions from the past week, to show that the Department of Finance is both stupid and mischievous.
What the Fianna Fail finance spokesperson Michael McGrath is after is…
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