Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (106)

Richard Boyd Barrett


106. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his plans for the Citizens' Assembly. [11965/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I have proposed that a Citizens' Assembly be established to consider the issues of gender equality and directly elected mayor for Dublin and the form that this should take.

The function of a Citizens’ Assembly is to inform the public and increase overall awareness and comprehension of topics being examined. Consideration is being given to the parameters of these topics and how best to optimise the use of an Assembly’s time and the taxpayer's money.

Work is underway in my Department to bring forward proposals for the establishment of a new Citizens’ Assembly and I expect this to come before Government shortly.