Government votes against a referendum on water in Seanad

Government votes against a referendum on water in Seanad

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They are currently debating the water services bill in the Seanad and will not be able to vote on the Bill proper untill Monday; but the democratic deficit in our system of government is becoming more and more apparent to the people.

At the moment in the Seanad we are seeing the government defeating proposed amendments to the Bill. It has just been reported in radio news that today, with the help of 4 Independent Senators, they defeated the amendment to put the issue to the people in a referendum, and passed the second stage of the Bill.

So what does this say about the state of our democracy and the dictatorial mindset (at all costs) of our political class. What does it say about who makes the decisions in our country:

Is it the people? Clearly not.
Is it our representatives in consultation with the people who voted them in? Not that either.
It appears that these decisions are being made outside of this country by a small group of people, and our government (cabinet table) simply whip the rest of their pointless opinionless TDs into voting for this.

The crux of it is that OUR ELECTED TDs JUST VOTED TO PREVENT THE PEOPLE HAVING A SAY IN THEIR OWN LIVES !

What makes this worse is that the people saved the Seanad in a recent referendum so that they could put a handbrake on the Dáil ramming through policies the people were against. And this is how they repay us.

This is why we need to change the system of government in Ireland…
This is why WE NEED DIRECT DEMOCRACY returned to our constitution; and DDI is the only party that intend doing this.

We want to return citizen initiated referendums so these decisions can be overturned by the people, to remove the whip from politics, and to enable the recall of politicians who lose the trust of the public

We hope you will all spread the word to your family and friends, and come the election you will take back control of your government and elect DDI candidates so we can return the direct democracy articles stolen from our constitution.

We also hope you will join up to DDI and become active members and in local groups and election campaigns.

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2 Comments

  • Posted December 19, 2014

    Seamus (U)asal O Donaill

    Firstly , I have read article 45 of the Constitution of Ireland and especially section 2. iii and would ask the senators to do so also.If you do not have a copy to hand it reads:

    2 . “The State shall, in particular, direct its policy towards securing :-

    iii That, especially, the operation of free competition shall not be allowed so to develop as to result in the concentration of the ownership or control of essential commodities in a few individuals to the common detriment.”

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    You were going to be scrapped By Queen Enda and our beloved Government…but we saved your lives ! And when we needed your help you chose to kick the people.
    Then to listen to your arguments that it is only business and it is in our best interest. Shame on you all . Mor , mo naire…mo chlann fein

    • Posted December 28, 2014

      Enough is Enough

      Article 45 is also relevant with regard to NAMA, the “pillar bank strategy”, and current planning policy in Dublin, which is designed to maximize employment in the run up to the next general election, and maximize the asset side of the “pillar banks” accounts.

      Also we have a competition authority which is USELESS with respect to media ownership. Why hasn’t any of Denis O’Brien’s interests been examined by the Competition Authority of Ireland ?

      Even worse, we had a taxpayer owned bank providing a debt write down for a media operation that is owned by tax non domicile billionaires. This is about as outrageous a decision as you will ever find anywhere.

      How many mortgage owners can avail of debt write downs in such an easy manner ?

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