Convention votes on Dáil proposals

Sunday 02 February 2014 14.06
Convention recommended a number of issues including giving TDs a free vote
Convention recommended a number of issues including giving TDs a free vote

The Constitutional Convention has voted in favour of making a number of changes as to how the Dáil is being run.

Among the reforms it recommends are more "free votes", meaning TDs are not told which way to vote on issues.

It also recommends a secret ballot to elect the Ceann Comhairle and committee chairs and the introduction of "family friendly hours".

Convention members also voted for giving the office of the Ceann Comhairle more status. 

The recommendations will be sent to the Government, which has four months to respond to them.

The convention is made up of 66 members of the public and 33 elected representatives.