Direct Democracy Ireland

Direct Democracy Ireland, mentioned at the Talk in WicklowWe spend a lot of our time here at People for Economic Justice, putting out the fires that have sprung up all over the country as a result of disastrous economic decisions made since 2008. Those fires of course arise in the form of Sheriffs and Receivers. One area that is equally important to keeping people in their homes however, is the basic question: how on earth was this situation allowed to occur? How on earth was our country allowed to go from a period of economic boom, to economic bust, literally overnight? Well let’s take a proper look at that night.

On that fateful night in 2008, the banks for all intents and purposes, took a very ill man, Brian Lenihan into a room, and seemingly persuaded him to validate their breaking of serious banking liquidity laws, by signing over the banks private debt into ‘Sovereign debt’. At what point did the Irish people allow any one man, even the Minister for Finance, to have the awe-inspiring power of loading €64,000,000,000 in debt onto our backs, in the middle of the night, by the simple stroke of a pen?

The answer may be quite simple. In Bunreacht na hEireann (The Irish Constitution), our founding fathers left us a very powerful right. This right was and is referred to as Direct Democracy. In simple terms, Direct Democracy is the right of ANY citizen, to gather a certain number of signatures from fellow citizens (in the case of Ireland’s Direct Democracy, this was 75,000 signatures), with which they may call a Referendum on any topic. In real terms, had our right to Direct Democracy still been in effect, 75,000 signatures would have been gathered the same afternoon as the bank bailout was announced, in order to stop it, and ‘The People’ could have decided whether a private corporation was worth the economic destruction of the entire State.

This of course begs the question, if we had Direct Democracy in the first place, where did it go? Short answer:-

This vital function was removed by the Government. Upon entering power in the newly formed Irish Free State, Direct Democracy was immediately seen as a threat to the political class, and they used a loop-hole in the new Constitution to remove it.

This loop-hole, Article 50, was a right the Constitution granted to the sitting government, to ‘amend’ certain aspects of the Constitution. On removing or changing anything in the Constitution, the Government was obliged, by that same Constitution, to present this change for ratification to the people within a period of 2 years. The Government extended this period to 8 years and at the end of that period they extended the period by another 8 years, effectively denying the people of Ireland their right to hold a referendum on what they had done.

This was done under protest as there were 97,000 signatures gathered and presented to the Government against what the Government had done. These signatures were completely ignored. The excuse was ‘We are not denying you your right to hold a referendum on what we have taken out of the constitution, but rather we are putting it off for a while, to a later date’. This date never came.

In 1937, a new Constitution was drafted. This was the second Constitution. The Government put into our Constitution that they “retain the right of Referendum” along with any other changes that had been made in the interim. As it had at this point been 16 years, no one seemed to realise that the Government never had the right of Referendum to retain in the first place and it was never raised as an issue when the second Constitution was drafted. YOU, the Irish Citizen, were the owner of this right denied by the first Irish Free State Government (which incidentally, was a Fine Gael Government).

Moving Forward: Direct Democracy Ireland

Moving forward over 70 years, Raymond Whitehead, a one-time resident of Switzerland, the only country in the world where in Direct Democracy is fully practised, came across the revelation that we the Irish once had this right as well. He immediately set about fighting to bring it back, and formed the group (at the time) Direct Democracy Ireland. He rapidly gathered the 300 members required in forming a Political Party, and as of the 14th of November 2012, he has succeeded. On this date, Direct Democracy Ireland will officially launch in Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin, at 2pm, with Ben Gilroy as its party leader. All are welcome.

The beauty of Direct Democracy lies in one simple truth: Corruption and Party Politics are effectively impossible, under the imposing glare of Direct Democracy. No political party can steer our country towards their agenda, as all important decisions would ultimately land at the doorstep of the Irish voter. This is why you can trust Direct Democracy Ireland. We have one goal: Direct Democracy. If you want to know our “policies” on any other given issue, then you need only take a vote.

At this point it is my personal hope that you are reading this, wondering how you can get involved, and bring back the awesome power of Direct Democracy to the Irish People. The most effective way to do this is simple: Join the Party. Does joining the Party mean that in 2016 you are suddenly obliged to run for government? No it most certainly does not. Joining the Party allows us to build a critical mass of votes to get people who do wish to run, into Government. Upon entering Government, Direct Democracy Ireland will focus on two key tasks. Objective one is restoring Articles 47 and 48 to the Constitution (one article covered the right of Direct Democracy, the other covered the right of Recall, which is the power to remove any TD who is not living up to his election mandate, and replace him with someone willing to take on that mandate). The second objective is to ensure that no loop-hole in the law can EVER allow these rights to be removed from us again.

Join today. Give yourself back your personal power. This country and its assets belong to we the people, not the politicians.

- Ben Gilroy

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Tipp FM Interview Ben Gilroy

Tipp FM who interviewed Ben GilroyAn odd circumstance led to this interview with Ben Gilroy on Tipp FM. The news somehow reached Tipp FM (as well as a few other people we heard from), that the Sheriff who recently evicted Eugene Dooley from his constitutionally protected home, had been arrested! As of Sunday 20th of August 2017 , we are unaware as to where this news originated, but as far as we are aware, there is no truth to it. Not that we would not like it to be true, and that every Sheriff in the country would be arrested, but Mairead Ahern is still walking free.

That aside, this interview serves as a nice little catch up interview.

The interview with Tipp FM

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Covered during this interview are many of the issues that People For Economic Justice argues against. Ben informs Tipp FM of the illegal action knows as securitization committed by all banks. Securitization is the practice of selling a mortgage on the stock exchange, and usually happened immediately after the mortgage had been agreed. This practice led to the bank bailout, but is often used to the borrowers advantage by Ben Gilroy when he asks receivers and solicitors to see the loan agreements in question. They of course can rarely produce such an agreement, given that they sold them.

Bolstering securitization was the phenomenon of drive-by valuations. As the banks wanted healthy mortgages to sell on the stock exchange, they would often spend little to no time placing a value on a house. Normally they would simply glance at it, come up with the highest six to seven-figure they could, and name it. This led to one interesting circumstance that Ben informed Tipp FM about. A man came to a bank with an agreement to buy a house for €750k. The bank informed him that he originally asked for €850k, and that he must take that, or the agreement was void!

Finally, there is the brain transplants that certain members of Fine Gael seem to have undergone, the day after they came into power. We have all heard, and remember, the famous outcry by Leo Varadkar that “the banks aren’t getting another cent“. We linked to that one as it is so universally known. The video below however is a less well know one. It is the current Finance Minister, while he was Fine Gaels spokesman for finance when they were in opposition, decrying Fianna Fail for paying back bondholders. One aspect we enjoy is the giggling of Brian Hayes and Leo Varadkar during his speech. Do they know that Noonan is simply saying this for effect, and in fact fully intends to uphold the payments? You decide.

Listen to more of Tipp FM’s interviews here.

The Unbiased Justice Ms. Mary Laffoy

Mary LaffoyQuite possibly the first rule of any court room, of any type, in any form of civilization in the world, is that the Judge presiding over said court, must be unbiased and honourable. This is for a very obvious reasons. If the Judge is biased, how can they possibly hope to judge a situation in a fair way?  Enter Judge Mary Laffoy of the High Court. Judge Mary Laffoy presides over a lot of the cases that Ben Gilroy and People For Economic Justice attend, in an attempt to keep people in their homes. Judge Mary Laffoy has been responsible for some of the most heinous miscarriages of justice thus far encountered by People For Economic Justice.

The video below highlights the character of this woman. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy is seen in the video below, instructing law students on how to evict families from their homes. This clearly demonstrates that Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy is entirely biased on the matter of eviction. How on earth can she stand and judge the merits of a case on the topic, when a banks interests are weighed against the rights of a family to keep warm and out of the elements?

The Honourable Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy

You can read plenty of stories about Ms. Mary Laffoy elsewhere on the site. The most obvious one is the classic miscarriage of justice that was the case of Gerry Burns.

One thing not related to People For Economic Justice that we can thank Ms Mary Laffoy for is the blocking of the injunction by Independent TD Thomas Pringle, against the ratification of the European Stability Mechanism. Mr. Pringle argued that the ESM was linked to the Fiscal Treaty. As the Fiscal Treaty was put to the people in a referendum, so to should the ESM ratification. Ms Mary Laffoy felt otherwise. Find a full article on the topic here.