Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Questions (105)

Joan Burton


105. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the progress in establishing the electoral commission and when he will publish the relevant legislation. [10920/16]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In 2015, on the basis of a consultation paper prepared by my Department, and at the invitation of the then Minister, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht undertook a public consultation process on the establishment of an electoral commission. The Committee published a report on the consultation in January 2016. This report contains a series of recommendations regarding the establishment of an electoral commission, including functions which should be assigned to it; independence, membership and accountability mechanisms; and the establishment process. The report will inform the implementation of the commitment in A Programme for a Partnership Government on establishing an electoral commission.