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Poll: How would you vote in a referendum on Oireachtas inquiries?

Reports this morning suggest the government might have another go at the polls to increase committee’s powers.

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Ballot boxes
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

VOTERS MIGHT BE asked to return to the polls to give more power to politicians to conduct inquiries into the banks. In the wake of the Anglo tape scandal, public pressure is mounting on the government to conduct an investigation.

Yesterday, the Cabinet deciding that an Oireachtas committee inquiry was the best option.

However, there are concerns that some of the leading banking figures might go to court to avoid appearing in front of the inquiry committee unless its powers are increased to compel people to appear.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Lecturer in law at UCD John O’Dowd said an Oireachtas inquiry would be “an opportunity to get more documents out into the public domain and to bring more people before the committee”.

In 2011, a referendum on reforming and increasing the powers of Oireachtas committees was rejected by the electorate, with 52 per cent voting no.

Today we ask: How would you vote if there was a second referendum on Oireachtas inquires?


Poll Results:

I would vote against increasing their powers (1365)
I don't know (748)
I would vote in favour of increasing their powers (688)



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