Are we at last starting to see some sense in our Goverment..........Keep lobbying your MPs because it looks like its starting to work!!
Last week the GOBA along ICC and IGB spoke in the Oireachtas
and were well received.....Well done Boys
..From Irish Times Website.....
SOME FIANNA Fáil TDs may not be prepared to vote for legislation to implement key Green Party measures in the Programme for Government, a backbencher has warned.
Carlow-Kilkenny TD Bobby Aylward said his support could not be relied on when it comes to votes in the Dáil on issues such as animal welfare, the Planning Bill or a ban on corporate donations.
“If it means there is going to be a break-up of the Coalition so be it. At this stage I am not going to be coerced into voting for another party’s agenda,” said Mr Aylward.
He said that, as a representative of a rural area, he would be looking carefully at issues such as the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill and the proposed ban on stag hunting to see how they affected his constituents.
“I also have issues with the Planning Bill. It’s as if to say all of us involved in local government are gangsters. I served on a council for 15 years and I never felt I did anything wrong,” said Mr Aylward.
“The tail is not going to wag the dog and Mr Gormley can think again if he expects us to accept some of the things he is proposing,” said the TD.
Mr Gormley concluded his keynote address to his party’s annual convention in Waterford on Saturday night by making a reference to the thousands of rural dwellers who had protested outside the conference centre earlier in the day against the proposed ban on stag hunting and other animal rights measures.
“The protests outside today confirm only one thing: that we are making a difference in Government. And those on horseback and on the soap boxes should know this: your actions serve only to make us more determined than ever to make the changes that are needed,” he said.
The Minister for the Environment also defended the Planning Bill and limitations it will put on the power of local authorities.
Another Kilkenny TD, John McGuinness, said yesterday he would challenge the leadership of Taoiseach Brian Cowen directly at the weekly meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party tomorrow night.
“A new style of politics is needed. We need an energetic, dynamic party leader who will communicate effectively with the public and restore their confidence in the whole process of politics and the policies we are pursuing,” he said.
The party meeting is scheduled for 5.30pm but this is likely to clash with the major announcement on a rescue plan for the banks by Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan at 6pm..
And theres more.....
Rumblings on the backbenches
16 May 2010 By Niamh ConnollyFianna Fáil TDs in the Lemass Forum have invited the pressure group Rise (Rural Ireland Says Enough) to Leinster House this week in a move that will heighten tensions with the Green Party over its bill to regulate the dog breeding industry.
The Lemass Forum, founded to provide an alternative policy discussion group for government backbenchers, will offer a platform to the most strident opponents of the Greens’ animal welfare bills on Wednesday.
Government chief whip John Curran is attempting to mediate between the backbenchers and Minister for the Environment John Gormley, in an escalating row over the Dog Breeding Establishment Bill before it goes to second-stage debate in the Dáil.
‘‘We’re now at a stalemate and John Curran is effectively stalling this bill because he knows the level of opposition there is to it," said Fianna Fáil sources.
Government sources said most Fianna Fáil TDs had raised genuine issues over aspects of the bill, but recognised a need to enhance animal welfare protections.
But some backbenchers may be trying to scupper the Greens’ policy and give Cowen a bloody nose on a bill that they know would not bring down the government.
A record 41 deputies and senators crowded into an Oireachtas committee on the environment last week to hear dog breeding and animal welfare groups discuss the bill.
All parties agreed that the attendance was far in excess of the turnout to discuss the banking crisis or the National Asset Management Agency (Nama). The meeting was stormy, with several Fianna Fáil TDs rounding on Green Party chief whip Trevor Sargent over the bill’s provisions.
The intervention of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue to support ‘‘rural dwellers’’ was seen by all sides as significant. While the Seanad has debated the bill, there is suspicion that its appearance in the Dáil will be delayed by the government until the summer recess, when a guillotine may be imposed.
Prominent figures in the Lemass Forum, including John McGuinness, Máire Hoctor, Niall Collins and Mattie McGrath, have publicly voiced their opposition. Deputy chief whip John Cregan in Limerick West, Bobby Aylward in Carlow Kilkenny and Johnny Brady in Meath have also voiced concerns.
Greens seeks compromise on puppy bill16 May 2010
By Niamh Connolly Political Correspondent
The Green Party is to propose a concession on laws governing the greyhound industry that might appease rural TDs.
Amendments to the Greyhound Industry Act 1958 are to be suggested as an alternative to bringing this sector under the provisions of a controversial government bill to regulate puppy farming.
This weekend, Green Party chief whip Trevor Sargent struck a conciliatory note after a stormy meeting of an Oireachtas committee heard Fianna Fáil TDs stridently oppose the Dog Breeding Establishments Bill.
Sargent said he would suggest amendments to the 1958 act to Minister for the Environment John Gormley, who is in charge of the bill but was in the US on business last week.
The concession will go some way to meeting a demand by rural TDs to amend existing legislation, rather than have two pieces of legislation governing the greyhound industry. Sargent said such a change would not entail any watering down of the government’s plans to boost protection and inspections.
Those proposals aimed to address animal welfare abuses that had ‘‘shown Ireland in such a poor light’’.
‘‘I don’t think it’s going to be difficult, because the legislation that governs the 1958 act is in place," Sargent said.
‘ ‘Whether it involve s amending the act in conjunction with the new legislation on puppy farming, this could be all discussed.
‘‘The practicalities of how quickly that could be done would have to be taken into consideration. I don’t see any point in being prescriptive about it all being in one piece of legislation."
However, the concession may not be enough to quell an escalating row between the coalition parties.
The Lemass Group, an alternative forum set up by Fianna Fáil backbenchers to discuss policy outside the parliamentary party meeting, has invited the pressure group Rural Ireland Says Enough (Rise) to Leinster House on Wednesday to outline its objections to the bill.
Government chief whip John Curran is mediating in the row over a list of amendments put forward by TDs.
Fianna Fáil insiders believe that the bill’s progress through the Dáil for second stage debate is being delayed to avoid dissent. Some backbenchers have signalled that they would vote against the bill in the knowledge that only a finance bill would bring down the government.