16.02.2016 20:41 #2
That's a great question, and one Stephen answered recently on Ireland AM, which you can watch here - https://www.tv3.ie/3pl.../104856/0/Ireland-AM

Essentially, party leaders don't sit on committees as it's very difficult to have the time to do both well, and he became a party leader last year. His attendance in the first 4 years was great - and he made great contributions and tabled a lot of legislative amendments, but of the hundreds of amendments tabled by opposition TDs a whopping zero were accepted by the government. 

It's a shame that our committees are much less useful than in other major democracies, and actually something we propose changing in our Manifesto, taking a lot of power away from the cabinet and transferring it to the committees and putting them at the heart of our legislative process:

https://socialdemocrats.ie/2016/02/16/towards-an-open-transparent-government/
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