Noel Whelan: New politics means little legislation
Arguably the only substantial piece of new legislation passed by the Dáil was the Act to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis
Not a single Bill initiated by the Opposition has come close to being enacted by the current Dáil and Seanad
The suggestion that Leinster House is a dull and frustrating place to work these days is corroborated by an examination of the current Dáil and Seanad’s record of legislative underachievement. Since the Government was finally established last May, the Oireachtas has passed just18 pieces of legislation, and only a handful of those were substantial Bills.
The Government, contrary to the expectations of many, did manage to pass a budget last December. It achieved this largely because it had additional funds to throw around, and because it took the risk-adverse approach of spreading it equally: giving almost everybody about €5 a week in tax cuts or welfare increases.