Lisbon Treaty and National Parliaments
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Anyone interested in making an informed decision on the Lisbon Treaty would do well to read the Special Report by the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs on the role of National Parliaments if the Treaty is ratified. Published on Friday, it is a straight-forward and relatively brief document which makes for interesting reading and as such there is little point rehashing the main points here. However, what does come across is a very strong sense of the possibilities that the various TDs and Senators see Lisbon offering in increasing the role of the Dáil and Seanad in European Affairs and reducing the so-called democratic deficit.