Directly Elected Mayor plebiscite  – Why You Should Vote NO!!

Directly Elected Mayor plebiscite – Why You Should Vote NO!!

VOTE NO ON FRIDAY 24th MAY TO NEWLY CREATED POLITICAL MAYORS WITH FAR-REACHING POWERS Plebiscites on a directly elected Mayor with executive functions in Cork City, Limerick City and County and Waterford City and County Councils.

On Friday, 24th of May 2019 – Irish families are being asked to vote on whether to have a directly Elected Mayor or not. This is being sold to the electorate as a step forward for local democracy, but it is not. Direct Democracy Ireland is asking for you and your families to seriously question what it is you are being called on to do! There are many questions to be answered. The “Guide for Voters” supplied by the three City & Councils concerned is vague in the extreme.
 They plan to create a new style, all-powerful political mayor with far-reaching authority. Please remember that their Confidence and Supply Agreement they have agreed to apply to local Government Councillors at City and Councils level as well!
 What Revenue Powers will be given to the new Executive Mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford?
Will the new Executive City and County Mayor be given new local tax Revenue Powers of collecting New Water Charges, Annual Rate of Valuation Commercial Rates, Ever Increasing Parking Fees and Fines?
 Is this a Fine Gael/Fianna Fail/Labour/Ind Alliance Confidence & Supply Agreement Government supporting each other with a Political ruse to pass the Fiscal responsibility of a poison chalice to all City and County Councils across Ireland? They duped us all with the Irish State Banking Guarantee in September 2008. Are they duping us again?
 As a new style powerful political “mayor”, will they be fully accountable, transparent and open to recall by the electorate?
To be clear, a “plebiscite” is where the State can’t make a decision and asks a question of the people – A Referendum is where the people asks the question. A Plebiscite is State Control of the agenda – A Referendum is where the people control the agenda. What about the other 28 Local Authorities who are not being asked. These three Cities & Counties will decide the future Mayoral Executive Powers for the other 28 Local Authorities. These Mayors will be given powers that have not being fully outlined or explained to the people of Ireland.
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Plebiscites are not normally contentious but, in this case the information supplied has not been aired or tested by Irish Journalists in particular State Funded RTE. These four simple questions should be answered by An Taoiseach, all Government Ministers, your Local Election Candidates and MEP Candidates. More importantly, we as individuals should also truly ask ourselves, the Voters to answer these questions:
1. Who stands to gain? The Newly Elected Mayor, The Councillors, Irelands well established Political Parties.
2. Who stands to lose? You, the Electorate, the Tax Payers. Irish democracy.
3. Where does the power lie? The power should lie with Irish families, but it is not fully explained properly. However, it is intended that the power will lie with these new-style political “executive mayors”.
4. Who is responsible for initiating this? The Institutions and Lobbyists who initiated these Plebiscites. Possibly the EU, but definitely not the Irish people.
Presently, the Oireachtas is in the process of giving full Revenue Powers of enforcement to collect a raft of yet unknown taxes. How can we the people, the electorate, control the Executive Powers of the following office holders: City & County Managers and Chief Executive Officers, The newly Elected Mayors, Houses of the Oireachtas, The EU, Local Councillors, Dail Deputies, Senators, MEP’s, Tánaistí & Taoisigh, and our Uachtarán Na Eireann? (ONLY through Direct Democracy, DD, where the people set the agenda, and where the people can ensure politicians do their job as the people can “recall” them).
We in Direct Democracy Ireland are of the firm belief that when, and only when Citizens Initiated Referenda (CIR) a key part of Direct Democracy is available to the people, should all the newly Elected Local Councillors from the May 24th Local Elections in Cork, Limerick and Waterford be given new Executive Revenue Powers. Only when DD is introduced will we create a true Directly Democratic elected Council fully accountable to the people. New pure direct democratic provisions for powers of veto over any proposal that the electorate object to are available through Citizen Initiated Referenda and Recall. By collecting an agreed amount of signatures in an agreed time frame a referenda can be initiated by you. Once you achieve this, the newly elected local or national politicians will be legally bound to call a Referendum. This enables you the people of your city and county to hold local politicians, elected Mayor, Councillor and non-elected Chief Executive Officer, TDs, ministers and even Taoiseach to be fully accountable.
This gives you the power over how your taxes are spent and what rules govern you and your family. We in Direct Democracy Ireland are asking the Sovereign People of Ireland to seek their right to give Irish Families, every Man, Woman and Child back their Constitutional Rights, those our forefathers gave them in Article 48 of the 1922 Constitution – The Power of Citizen Initiated Referenda.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1922/act/1/enacted/en/print.html

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Suppression of the findings of the Irish Constitutional Convention
The Irish Constitutional Convention was established by Enda Kenny to recommend political reform in Ireland. (9/6/13) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_rIo6Urifw The Constitutional Convention voted 83% Yes in favour of Direct Democracy (i.e. Citizens Initiatives). 16% Voted No and 1% No Opinion. Almost six years later – whilst other Convention recommendations (such as the legislation enabling same-sex marriage) have been acted upon, the People of Ireland are still waiting for a chance, via Referendum, to vote for Direct Democracy, and have Citizen Initiated Referenda to be returned to our Sovereign Constitution. This is because the Government are in control of our Constitution and not the People of Ireland, and because the Convention’s findings have been almost completely suppressed.
 New legislative Powers will be granted to Directly Elected Mayors by Dail Eireann the Seanad and Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and Ind Alliance? You are effectively being asked to vote yes blindly, just like the ministers were told to vote “yes” to the bailout, without knowing what they were saying yes to. Please remember that their Confidence and Supply Agreement they have agreed to apply to local Government Councillors at City and Councils level as well!
Do you and your families have absolute confidence of integrity, accountability in your local and national politicians? Please read *Transparency International Ireland – National Integrity Index Report 2018 – Local Authorities for an eye opener that beggars belief!

https://transparency.ie/sites/default/files/18.05.14_nii_report_vf.3_web.pdf

Full Results: The ranking order of the councils with the greatest level of integrity is as follows:
1. Galway City Council: 70% 2. Fingal County Council: 68% 3. South Dublin County Council: 68% 4. Dublin City Council: 60% 5. Monaghan County Council: 60% 6. Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council: 57% 7. Laois County Council: 57% 8. Meath County Council: 57% 9. Kerry County Council: 53% 10. Kildare County Council: 53% 11. Clare County Council: 50% 12. Cork City Council: 50% 13. Limerick City County Council: 50% 14. Roscommon City Council: 50% 15. Tipperary County Council: 50% 16. Leitrim County Council: 47% 17. Donegal County Council: 43% 18. Longford County Council: 43% 19. Cavan County Council: 40% 20. Louth County Council: 40% 21. Mayo County Council: 40% 22. Sligo County Council: 40% 23. Wicklow County Council: 40% 24. Cork County Council: 37%
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25. Kilkenny County Council: 37% 26. Westmeath County Council: 37% 27. Carlow County Council: 33% 28. Offaly County Council: 30% 29. Waterford City and County Council: 30% 30. Wexford County Council: 23% 31. Galway County Council: 17%
** There are 31 local authorities in Ireland. Each of them provides essential services relating to housing, planning, transportation, libraries, community and culture events and more. The 949 elected councillors across Ireland make critical decisions that affect the lives of millions of people. With such an influential role, and total spending in 2017 of over €4 billion, it is crucial that local authorities uphold the highest standards of transparency, accountability and ethics, to ensure fairness and effectiveness in the provision of services to citizens. **

https://transparency.ie/sites/default/files/18.05.14_nii_report_vf.3_web.pdf

* “Transparency International Ireland is an independent, non-profit and nonpartisan organisation. Our vision is of an Ireland that is open and fair – and where entrusted power is used in the interests of everyone. Our mission is to empower people with the support they need to promote integrity and stop corruption in all its forms.” www.transparency.ie
The Fine Gael / Fianna Fail / Labour / Ind Alliance and their dominant policy of the Political Confidence & Supply Agreement. This plebiscite put before you and your families on Friday, 24th May 2019 is of vital importance to them! Why Is This? Please remember that with increased budgets a newly Elected Mayor with veiled ambiguous powers will be paid a Ministerial Salary for five years plus a State Car, a Driver and a Personal Assistant. This means increased taxes to you and your families and also to Local Businesses in every City, Town and Village across Ireland, these taxes will come very soon to you all! It seems that our Local and National Government have “Absolute Confidence” in the Electorate in only three Cities and Counties yet Dublin City and County Council are not at the races. You have to wonder why?
Which would you have- A “Directly Elected Political Mayor with far-reaching executive powers”,
OR
An elected Mayor and Councillors under Direct Democracy with full Accountability and Recall
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Pat Greene, Leader Jan Van De Ven
Direct Democracy Ireland. Direct Democracy Ireland.
MEP Candidate: Northwest Midlands MEP Candidate: South West East Region
Local Candidate: (Rural) Louth County Council. Local Candidate: (Rural) Wexford County Council
Mark Keogh Chris Faulkner
Direct Democracy Ireland. Direct Democracy Ireland.
Local Candidate: Adare/Rathkeale, (Rural) Local Candidate: Louth County
Limerick County Council Council, (Urban)
Mike Putt, Anthony Connor,
Direct Democracy Ireland. Direct Democracy Ireland.
Local Candidate: Adare/Rathkeale. Local Candidate: East Meath/Drogheda Limerick County Council South, (Rural) Meath County Council
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Plebiscites for Directly Elected Mayors

https://www.housing.gov.ie/local-government/governance/plebiscites-directly-elected-mayors

Public meetings on the plebiscites
As part of the public information campaign on the plebiscites, the Committee to Oversee the Plebiscite Public Information Campaign will hold public information meetings about the plebiscites.
 Public meeting on the plebiscite for a directly elected lord mayor with executive functions for Cork City: Tuesday 14 May 2019, 7:30 – 9:00pm, Atrium, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork
 Public meeting on the plebiscite for a directly elected mayor with executive functions for Waterford City and County: Wednesday 15 May 2019, 7:30 – 9:00pm, The Tower Hotel, The Mall, Waterford
 Public meeting on the plebiscite for a directly elected mayor with executive functions for Limerick City and County: Thursday 16 May 2019, 7:30 – 9:00pm Lecture Theatre, Computer Science Building, University of Limerick.
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 Guide to the plebiscite on a directly elected Lord Mayor with executive functions for Cork City: 24th May 2019
https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/guide_to_plebiscite_on_directly_elected_mayor_cork_city.pdf

 Guide to the plebiscite on a directly elected Mayor with executive functions for Limerick City and County 24th May 2019
https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/guide_to_plebiscite_on_directly_elected_mayor_limerick_city_and_county.pdf

 Guide to the plebiscite on a directly elected Mayor with executive functions for Waterford City and County 24th May 2019
https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/guide_to_plebiscite_on_directly_elected_mayor_waterford_city_and_county.pdf

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