Midwest Radio Interview Ben Gilroy

Midwest Radio who interviewed Ben Gilroy

Today Ben Gilroy was interviewed by Midwest Radio. During this interview Ben discusses the talk held in Wicklow, featuring himself, Ray Whitehead, Clare Leonard and others. Ben also covers the usual bases with Midwest Radio, such as the unsecured bondholder repayments and the court case against the government.

During the interview, and during the talk, Ben talks about how democracy in Ireland is simple a politician turning up on your doorstep to ask for your vote based on certain promises, and then once in office essentially does whatever they please on any given issue. They then return in 5-7 years to see if you might give them your vote again. This culture of ignoring whatever mandate they receive simply must stop, and the solution is briefly mentioned in the interview. More on that afterwards.

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Direct Democracy As Discussed On Midwest Radio:

This is one of the earliest interviews in which Ben discovers the political party currently being set up called Direct Democracy Ireland. This party is entering the political spectrum with a single mission in mind: to restore the illegally removed final two articles from the Irish Constitution, which contained the right to direct democracy, as well as the right to remove people from political office if they failed to uphold the mandate that their local area put them in office to action.

Direct Democracy is a relatively simple political process, that was a part of the original 1922 Bunreacht Na hEireann, and was removed in the revised 1937 constitution. In this system, any citizen can bring about a referendum on any given topic, provided they can gather a predetermined amount of signatures in support of the issue’s being raised to a referendum. In the original wording of the constitution that number was 75,000. If this system had been in place at 2008, and a bailout of unguaranteed bondholders had been announced, how long would it have taken to gather that number of signatures  and what would have been the result of that referendum? We at People For Economic Justice don’t feel it would have taken more than an afternoon.

Source: Midwest Radio, listen to more of their interviews here.

TNS Radio Interview About Constitution Halts Sheriff

TNS Radio who interviewed Ben Gilroy regarding Constitution Halt's SheriffVin from TNS Radio interviews Ben Gilroy about the viral video Constitution Halts Sheriff. Over the course of the interview Ben gives some background about the events leading up to the infamous showdown with the Sheriff of Laois (or so he claimed, in actuality it was a deputy Sheriff).

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When Ben mentions the first in a long list of incidents in which a judge made a comment that seemed to fly in the face of the law, Vin of course in his usual fashion dispenses a number of interesting insights on the topics raised. He points out one of the major differences between a Democracy and a Republic. In a Democracy, 51% of the electorate are required to pass a law. In a Republic, 67% of the electorate are required to pass a law.

Gardai Assisting The Sheriff?

They also go on to discuss the Garda Oath that all new Gardai must make. This Oath of course is to uphold Common Law, not to assist in the forced removal of people from their homes. The Gardai in the video mention “We are only here to assist the Sheriff”. The Office of the Sheriff is a purely private position. The transaction that takes place between a debtor and their local sheriff is a Civil function, and therefore the Gardai cannot under their own oath, intervene.

Despite the Sheriff informing the man who owned the home in question, that he was going to come at an unspecified time to repossess the house, because of the support he has received he will not be handing back the keys. He will continue to fight against the bank who refuse to renegotiate his loan, who securitized his loan, and who attained a judgement against him in a court that doesn’t even have the jurisdiction to hand down a judgement on a value as large as that of his house!

Source: TNS Radio.