Greens pledge to reform politics

 

The Green Party has pledged to pursue a major reform agenda over the next Dáil term in a bid to ensure there is no reoccurrence of the banking crisis.

Speaking after the party’s think-in in Co Carlow, party leader John Gormley said restoring financial stability and reforming the banks and the planning system were a priority.

“We must learn from the lessons of the past and make sure that the problems we are now facing, never happen again,” he said, adding that the party wanted to restore the public’s faith in politics and State institutions.

He said measures have already been taken to stabilise the banking system and the planning process was being overhauled.

The party also said it wanted to see the introduction of a ban of corporate discussions and a directly-elected mayor for Dublin.

He said reform of local government and the establishment of a new electoral commission “will see the biggest shake-up in Irish politics in decades”.

Other priorities include the introduction of the Climate Change Bill and measures to improve people’s quality of life, such as a Bill on noise.