Sir, – Breda O’Brien posed a number of important questions about citizens’ assemblies (“Do citizens’ assemblies offer the public a stake or just more liberal groupthink?”, Opinion & Analysis, June 25th).

How can 99 citizens “chosen randomly” reading endless reports and listening to chosen experts encompass the views of about five million people in a functioning democracy?

Will this type of process lead to politicians accepting without question what they are presented with, rather than listening to the views of the general public?

– Yours, etc,


Director of Services,

Alice Leahy Trust,