Statement following AGM October 2014

Statement following AGM October 2014

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Press release​

At their AGM earlier this month Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI) announced the election of a new national executive and a new leader in Pat Greene​ from Drogheda Co.Louth.

Their main goal is to continue the rapid growth of the party, and in particular highlighting DDI’s main policy of returning the power of citizen initiated referendum to the people by reinstating updated articles previously removed from our Constitution by our first government. DDI believe this omission is responsible for the dis empowerment of the Irish people in our current political system.

​Pat Greene described the challenges faced by the people of Ireland as “shameful and a sad reflection of a political system that favours the an elite group, and it can no longer be tolerated. Our hope is that people will embrace the power of direct democracy and join DDI in their drive to reinstate it in Ireland “.

He went on to say “a system of citizen initiated referenda would act as a watchdog over our government, just as it has worked very well for the Swiss people for over 800 years”. He used the example of the controversy over Irish Water saying “the will of the people to hold water in public ownership is being ignored; but this could be enforced by the people in a direct democracy, and this would make governments think twice about any decision they make”.

Pat highlighted that “In the European elections DDI candidates received around 50 to 60,000 different preference votes nationwide which was very encouraging for our first time out; and DDI fell just short of having 3 local council candidates elected, between Drogheda and Waterford where they are strongest”.

In the DDI statement they stressed: “We are the only political party calling for Irish Water to be dismantled and a complete halt put on water charges. As Minister Coveney confirmed we already pay for water through taxation for water services. DDI is calling for all water services to be returned to municipal control and once again call on the government to put the Irish people ahead of bondholders and bankers who are being bailed out with this new charge.

Contact
Direct Democracy Ireland Leader
Pat Greene
greenepat@gmail.com
​0862430975
For more information see www.directdemocracy.ie

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7 Comments

  • Posted November 16, 2014

    Aidan Williams

    The membership were not allowed to vote in this election…?

    • Posted November 17, 2014

      Admin D

      All members who attended voted

      • Posted November 18, 2014

        Aidan Williams

        Who chose who attended? I would have liked to have a chance to vote in this.

        • Posted November 18, 2014

          Admin D

          The members chose themselves, all members were emailed throgh the contact email they gave us

  • Posted November 24, 2014

    Niall Tierney

    I live in NZ, left home more than 3 years ago to start a new life here with my family. I have been keeping a close eye on events back home, and I believe that the coalition’s days are numbered. It would be a disaster if any the mainsteam parties get back in. Do you have the numbers ti form a new government with the independents ?

    • Posted November 24, 2014

      Admin D

      Realistically it comes down to money to fund political campaigns just to compete. We will have to spend wisely and concentrate on battles we can win but we will target certain areas where we are strong. The system is not set up to help anyone new break in

      • Posted November 24, 2014

        Niall Tierney

        It might be a good idea if Irish people in NZ and OZ were to donate maybe $5 per week from there wages, through an automatic bank payment. After all most will eventually go home, and you are the only group that will make real change

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