Move the Oireachtas Sittings OUT of the National Convention Centre

Move the Oireachtas Sittings OUT of the National Convention Centre

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Jenny Murphy started this petition to Dáil Eireann and

Since the 27th of June, members of the Oireachtas, namely Dáil Éireann have been meeting, voting and debating in the National Convention Centre in Dublin. The National Convention Centre has both more seats and larger areas than Leinster House which made it the ideal place to hold the Taoiseach election and other events that required a large number of TDs to be present a the one time in the midst of the new Government formation but still allowed for social distancing to be carried out in these COVID-19 ridden times. 

This seemed like a logical plan back in June during the Government formation as it allowed for up to 159 TDs to be present in one room while making it possible to maintain a 2 metre distance between them, but those days in June were something of a rare occurrence. Now that the regular debates and sittings have resumed there is almost never such a large number of TDs present and therefore not a need for them to have to use the Convention Centre. The reason this unnecessary use of the Convention Centre is so scandalous is because of the fact RTÉ have reported that it has been costing the Government roughly €25,000 PER DAY to meet there. The initial outlay of €100,000 has also been reported to have been spent on sound systems and recording equipment alone. To me this is particularly shocking considering our country is diving deep into a recession, many sources reporting our economy is to shrink by 8.5% this year. 

My question is why should the Government be spending so much money on something so frivolous as holding their sittings in the comfort of the Convention Centre when the rest of the country is suffering so terribly economically? Why should they also get a bigger building to maintain social distancing in when the rest of the country must go back to their regular workplaces where often social distancing isn't possible? There's absolutely no reason why the sittings are still being held there and I am quite frankly disappointed that they are acting in such a narcissistic manner by thinking they can throw away the country's money to maintain their own comfort in such tough times. Please sign and share this petition to call out this terrible behavior and complete waste of facilities and money.

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