Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Parliamentary subcommittees in Ireland (and the USA) have the right to hold hearings into controversies and demand that the relevant Minister attend to give an account of their actions/stewardship. They can vote no confidence if they want him/her to resign, or a vote of censure if they want to give him/her a formal warning. If the vote is confirmed by the whole parliament it should be mandatory.  Lesser sanctions could include recommendations to perform specific remedial actions and all the implied criticism they contain. The Presidentof the Commission/Prime Minister could also reshuffle, demote, sack the errant Minister if they are deemed to damage the cabinet/college as a whole.  The whole process would greatly increase the profile/relevance of the parliament and the perceived accountability of the executive.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 10th, 2020 at 03:29:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows: