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Legislating against minority governments: Ireland’s “money message” procedure as an instrument of executive dominance

January 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Eoin Daly

Affiliation: Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Research Cluster

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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The configuration of Dáil Éireann after 2016, with no assured government majority, seemed to open new possibilities for unexpected and novel forms of legislative activity, and a revitalised role for the Dáil independently of the Government.  However, the current minority Government has made extensive use of a hitherto obscure constitutional mechanism called the “money message”, which has allowed it an effective veto power over most opposition bills that otherwise have majority support in the House. This paper will, on the one hand, explain the controversy surrounding the constitutionality of the Government’s actions. On the other hand, it will also show how this controversy highlights a wider ambiguity concerning the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of the State, and particularly the extent to which executive dominance in the legislative process is constitutionally formalised.

This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Eoin will be representing the Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security research cluster.








The Whitaker Ideas Forum is a weekly seminar, running Wednesday’s throughout the semester from 1:00pm-2:00pm in CA110. It provides the opportunity for members of the Institute to showcase their research. The result are presentations that highlight the diversity of the research being undertaken, while allowing for an opportunity to engage in discussions and, sometimes, collaboration with attendees. Below, you will find a list of this semester’s seminars, please click the title for more information on that seminar.

Date Presenter Seminar Topic


Research Cluster

22 January Professor Kate Kenny Whistleblowing Persistence: A struggle for recognition Work, Organizations and Society
29 January Dr Eoin Daly Legislating against minority governments: Ireland’s “money message” procedure as an instrument of executive dominance Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
05 February Dr Elaine Wallace Investigating Burnout as a mediator between Organisational Citizenship and Counterproductive Workplace Behaviours among Frontline Employees. Performance Management
12 February Visiting Professor Juan Miguel Rey Pino Social marketing for the public good: lessons and practical examples from Pracademia in Spain and Latin America. Applied Systems Thinking
19 February Dr Deirdre Curran Spreading Hospitality Inwards: An empirical investigation of worker treatment in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland. Work, Organizations and Society
26 February Dr Kevin O’Sullivan Aidland in South Asia: Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh and the Contours of the Global Aid Industry in the 1970s Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
04 March A conversation with Professor Breda Sweeney
11 March Dr John Cullinan Is Mammography Screening an Effective Public Health Intervention? Evidence from a Natural Experiment Population and Migration
18 March Conversations with our Professors TBA
25 March Dr Alison Herbert How does place influence the ageing and quality of life of older women in Connemara and rural Sweden? Gender and Public Policy
01 April Visiting Professor Bernie Carlson TBA Innovation and Structural Change