A slow adaptor?
Eliciting a response from the Irish parliament to European integration
in The evolving role of national parliaments in the European Union
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The relationship between parliament and executive in Ireland has for long been particularly weighted in the executive's favour, and for many reasons. The drafters of the first (1922) Constitution of the Irish state began by replicating the structures of early twentieth-century British government, even while using the language of nineteenth-century liberalism. Adequate democratic control over the use of ministerial regulations to implement European Union (EU) law has remained conspicuous by its absence. The Joint Committee's existence permitted the development of some European expertise among its small parliamentary membership. Unsurprisingly, severe criticism resulted and the Government promised legislation giving the Oireachtas a more positive role. The disconnect between the Committee and the Oireachtas as a whole manifested itself in the Committee's failure to have its reports debated in the House.


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