Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht
Public Consultation on an Electoral Commission in Ireland
The Joint Committee carried out a public consultation on the Government's Consultation Paper on an Electoral Commission in Ireland, submitted by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Committee Chairman, Michael McCarthy, said: "This meeting deals specifically with the concerns of young people, immigrants and students, as the Joint Committee continues its examination of the issues surrounding the establishment of an independent Electoral Commission for Ireland."
The following witnesses attended:
Ms Anne O’Donnell, Head of Citizen Participation, Department of Children and Youth Affairs;
Mr Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, President, Trinity College Dublin Students' Union;
Mr Brian Killoran, Chief Executive Officer, Immigrant Council of Ireland;
Mr Ian Power, President, National Youth Council Ireland;
Mr James Doorley, Deputy Director, National Youth Council of Ireland.
The Committee will consider any suitable written submissions received and may decide to invite a number of contributors to public hearings should it be considered necessary.
Submissions and communications should only be sent to the email address above and not to individual members of the Committee.
Please note that the Clerk will ensure that all members of the Committee receive, in due course, copies of all submissions and communications received.
Format of Submissions
As a general guideline, submissions should consist of:
a covering letter (email or email attachment in MS Word or equivalent)
a main submission document (email or email attachment in MS Word or equivalent).
The covering letter should contain your name and contact details (phone number and postal address and, if available, an email address). If the submission is on behalf of an organisation, you should indicate your position in the organisation. If your submission is on behalf of another organisation, please make this clear in your letter.
The main submission document should contain the following information:
A brief introduction, for example, explaining your area of expertise;
Any factual information that you have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions;
Any recommendations to the Committee which should be as specific as possible and should be summarised at the end of the document;
An executive summary of the main points made in the submission, if your document is more than 10 pages long;
Whether you would be prepared to appear at a public session of the committee.
Making a submission is a public process
The Committee is not obliged to accept your document once it has been submitted, nor is it obliged to publish any or all of the submissions if it has received or accepted.
However, the operation of a parliament is a public process, and you should be aware that any submissions made to a Committee may be published either as part of a Committee report, or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.
The closing date for receipt of submissions was Monday 22 June 2015 at 3 p.m. (extended from 8 June 2015 following a number of requests). Late submissions will be circulated to the committee, but there is no guarantee that they will be taken into account when the committee is considering its report.