Evolution of Direct Democracy Ireland
Press Release Sunday 22nd December 2013
“Evolution of Direct Democracy Ireland”
A Real Democracy Christmas Present For The People of Ireland. For only the second time in 91 years, the Irish electorate are facing the possibility of experiencing the concept of Direct Democracy as a system of governance.
Last Saturday the 21st of December, DDI held an EGM at the request of its’ grassroots members. The result of this EGM was nothing short of extraordinary. Initially when DDI was established, a five-member council was put in place as “guardians” of the party.
They held the power of veto over any decisions made by its’ members. This was installed in the parties original constitution to protect against possible takeovers. Each member took up their position on a temporary basis only & until such a time that the party was advanced enough to evolve into a fully democratic, member run organisation.
Last month, a mere twelve months on from its’ inception, the members of DDI decided that the party was now ready to make this transition.
At the recent EGM, it was decided, by all in attendance, that the original council members would be retained in a new advisory role, with no more power than any other member of the party. A new twelve member “National Executive” was also established and they will now take control of the day to day running of DDI. Each member of this executive was democratically elected.
This was a very important step for DDI as it marks the evolution into the next stage of its’ development.
The party now has the most democratic structure of any political party in Ireland. There is an open, fully transparent system embedded within the party which also embraces “Recall” – which means that every person within DDI is fully accountable to its’ members at all times. Not just once a year like the established parties.
In the past year the party has gone from strength to strength, and has set up branches in every corner of the country. It achieved an outstanding result in the Meath East by-election where Ben Gilroy finished a very credible 4th ahead of the Labour Party.
This bodes well for the local elections next May, as the result of the by-election showed that there is real anger out there among the electorate & also that people are looking for a real alternative. The time for the revolving doors of government will soon come to an end.
A common phrase met on the doorsteps is ” Ah sure they’re all the same “. And that is completely true.
It doesn’t matter who we vote into government because they all end up going in the same direction. The issue is the system. And the only party advocating a complete overhaul of the political system is DDI. With direct democracy in place, the power lies where it should, with the people. We need to turn the table on politicians, make them more accountable & make them work for the Irish people.
Imagine if that concept was rolled out nationally? Imagine every politician in the Dail working throughout the year knowing that at any point in time, if his/her constituents felt that they were misrepresenting them, they could “recall” him/her from office. This would mean that every politician in this country would be completely accountable for their actions/in-actions. If that were the case, we would have a very different country indeed.
Another concept of Direct Democracy is that the people hold the power of referendum. This right was installed in our first constitution in 1922 as a safeguard against bad governance. However in 1937 when our current constitution was introduced, articles 47 & 48 which had given the Irish people that right & the right to “recall” were both dropped, undemocratic it must be said. There was no referendum to decide upon this. The people did not have a choice. Direct Democracy was taken from us.
Next May will see DDI running candidates right across the country, whose main goal will be to re-introduce direct democracy at a local level. This will show people exactly what can be achieved in the future and will give hope to those disillusioned with politics and life in Ireland. It’s time for the people of Ireland to stand up for ourselves and to help shape our own future and the future of generations to come.
New “National Executive” consists of the following people:
* National Chairman: Jeff Rudd
* General Secretary: Anthony Connor
* Director of Elections: Conor Delgarno
* Media Executive: Kevin Brady
* Treasurer: Gerry Flood
* Policy Executive: Colin Ryan
* Youth Executive: Gary Wilton
* Ulster: Joe McCarron
* Munster: Mick Daniels
* Leinster: Simon English
* Connaught: Jim Connolly
* Dublin: Noel Reid
For any further comment or for more information please contact myself.
Kevin Brady DDI Media Executive
085 – 8638157