Why not have a virtual Dail Eireann?

Nice post from Dan Sullivan, who also blogs with Slugger, which identfies a kink in the in idea that shorter working days (or rather nights) are more friendly. Hmm, not for those TDs who live down country says Dan. Instead, he suggests:

…a solution to this might be to question why we need the Dail chamber aspect of being a parliamentarian requires you to be in Dublin at all. Might we start to reconsider the assembly nature of Dail process entirely? After all, it’s not like anyone is in the chamber genuinely listening to what others have to say so why do they need to be so close proximity at all? Would it be more properly family friendly to have a virtual chamber?

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  • Apologies for being off-topic but I was wondering if any of your bloggers are going to provide an update on the Fine Gael proposal to give northerns a vote in Presidential elections.

  • Cynic2

    “northerns” ? Er?

  • fordprefect

    If you meant “northerners” then there are quite a few that can already vote in presidential elections, let me see now, ah yes, Donegal, Louth, Monaghan, Leitrim and Cavan would be to the north of the island of Ireland.

  • There already is a virtual Chamber of Deputies in Brasil, and a Virtual Senate in Chile.

    I would recommend the Chilean model over simply abolishing the senate.

    Also, a joint committee of both houses has already run a virtual consultation (in 2006 on the proposed broadcasting bill). See our evaluation.

  • Still nothing? You could be certain if Enda said northerners would never get a presidential vote, the likes of Baker would all over it like a rat on steroids.