Seamus Sherlock, a native of Feohanagh, Co. Limerick, gained national attention two years ago when he chained himself to the railings outside the ESB headquarters, in protest of the companies refusal to accept a €50 per week payment in satisfaction of his outstanding bills. The ESB as said had rejected this offer and were planning on simply cutting off Seamus Sherlock’s electricity supply until the debt was satisfied. Seamus could not allow this as he had five kids in school, one of whom was currently sitting her leaving certificate.
This matter was eventually settled, however the situation had awoken Seamus to the problems facing an enormous percentage of Irish people in debt. One of those problems (other than the ESB bills) that Seamus also was faced with was the growing problem of Mortgage Debt.
With that he founded the group Life After Debt, and in a fashion not to dissimilar from People For Economic Justice, started to teach people that they do in fact have rights, and just because a Bank has opted to dispatch a sheriff to attempt to take your house from you… that doesn’t mean your rights have somehow gone away.
Seamus Sherlock Barricades Farm Against Sheriff
Perhaps due to Seamus Sherlock’s notoriety as a campaigner for those in debt, and perhaps just out of pure chance, a notice arrived through Seamus’ door in August informing him that the sheriff would be calling to take possession of the farm. Seamus called on his allies in groups such as the Anti-Eviction Taskforce, who immediately went about barricading the farm against the Sheriff.
As of Tuesday 23rd of January 2018 the Sheriff (most likely due to the publicity) has yet to arrive to attempt to take possession of the farm. Should that day arrive, in which a Sheriff yet again attempts to execute a power that they have not had in this country since circa 1916, then we would like to officially reassure Seamus that People For Economic Justice will hit the road at first warning to go and explain to the gentleman why he is in fact not going to be taking possession of the farm, and why Seamus’ home is inviolable save in accordance with the law!
Alchemy Radio jumps straight into the meat of things in their interview with Ben Gilroy. They immediately begin to discuss the lawsuit People For Economic Justice are bringing against the Office of the Taoiseach. Ben also jumps straight into the power of Direct Democracy, a power that was removed from the Irish Peoples Constitution (Bunreacht Na hÉireann).
The Court Case As Discussed On Alchemy Radio
During the early parts of the interview, Ben goes through the main allegations he and People For Economic Justice will be bringing against the government in the court case. They are:
The actions of The Taoiseach and The Minister of Finance in paying back unsecured debts to private banks whom took part in illegal activities is repugnant to the Constitution of Ireland.
Said actions are a violation of the Constitution as these actions was convened during a night meeting with members of the last Fianna Fáil government, without the full support or knowledge of the Cabinet or Séanad.
It is against best practices of international law, as it is an odious debt, because it was taken on by a Fianna Fáil regime that at best had a dubious leader and corrupt members as outlined in the Mahon Tribunal at the cost to the state in excess of €500,000,000, and it did not benefit people, instead becoming one of the most taxing debts ever since the formation of the state.
The defendants do not have a mandate from the People of Ireland for such actions, but in fact they have put the promises made to the people second, behind promises made to the banking sector.
The debt precipitates from an insoluble obfuscation of the currency, which perpetually multiplies debt on the populous, in such a way that eventually we the people can only suffer a terminal sum of debt, which makes it mathematically impossible even to maintain a vital circulation there after.
Receiving bailouts from member states of the European Union or the European Central Bank to pay back private corporations is in conflict with the Lisbon Treaty.
Listen to the interview for a few shocking revelations. Like what two counties are the most rich in terms of natural resources within the European Union? How much does it cost to change two light bulbs in an Irish Garda station?
Source: Alchemy Radio, listen to more of their interviews here.
Ben was interviewed today by Sean Lawlor of Phoenix FM. Sean took an interest in People For Economic Justice when the video Constitution Halts Sheriff went viral on the internet earlier this year. Over the course of the interview Sean and Ben discuss the grossly inappropriate behaviour by KPMG. They discuss The National Lottery’s apparent lack of concern regarding this behaviour. They discuss the banking crisis in general. They discuss mortgage arrears and those dealing with them.
Also discussed is Direct Democracy Ireland. Direct Democracy is a political policy that allows citizens of an applicable country to call for a referendum at any time, on any topic, by simply gathering enough signatures of citizens who wish to see such a referendum commence. This was a power granted to the Irish people in the first version of the Irish Constitution: Bunreacht Na hÉireann. This was removed from the Constitution (without a referendum) in the early years of the Irish Freestate. It is currently operated in Switzerland to great effect.
The Interview With Phoenix FM
We would like to thank Sean and Phoenix FM for his interest, professionalism and for his helping to spread People For Economic Justice’s message. It is a pity KPMG and The National Lottery opted not to comment on the topic on air. Phoenix FM attempted to contact both at the same time as he contacted People For Economic Justice. They received a very short response from The National Lottery:
Hi Sean, Many thanks for your email. The National Lottery will not be commenting on this matter. Kind regards, Eleanor
Eleanor did not give her title or position so we are uncertain as to what department of The National Lottery she represents. KPMG declined to respond.
Source: Phoenix FM, Listen to more of their interviewshere.