INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Irish PM delays a new lobbying bill

DUBLIN: Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has delayed the introduction of new lobbying legislation in the wake of the Paddy Duffy scandal, saying that a knee-jerk reaction may not be the best solution.

DUBLIN: Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has delayed the introduction of new lobbying legislation in the wake of the Paddy Duffy scandal, saying that a knee-jerk reaction may not be the best solution.

His announcement comes after the Irish government voted down a private members bill brought forward by the Labour Party on the subject of legislating against political lobbyists. The move is believed to be a sign that the Irish PM has plans to introduce his own measures.

'The bill got voted down by the Government despite the fact it had the support of the other political parties and the PRII, on the grounds that they are examining a bill themselves,' said Labour Party spokesperson Paul Daily.

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