Irish Government Summonsed by Ben Gilroy

On Tuesday the 27th of March, Ben Gilroy, John Squires and People for Economic Justice served a summons on the office of the Taoiseach to answer charges of illegal activity over the bank bailout. People For Economic Justice state that the bailout is illegal under Bunreacht Na hEireann, the Irish Constitution, and is also illegal under international law.

An injunction was applied for to prevent the payment of a €3.1 billion to the Anglo Irish Bank bond holders due to be paid this Saturday 31st March 2012. The judge has given two weeks for the State to respond.

Please support Ben Gilroy, John Squires and People for Economic Justice in any way you can. The economic situation in Ireland has been caused by illegal activity. Those responsible must be held responsible, and the payments must be stopped. Fine Gael were elected on the promise of stopping this madness but have not done so.

Watch Ben Gilroy’s Announcement below

How far can this just cause go in the courts? Who knows. The case has to content with the fact that the defendant is the direct employer of every judge and civil servant that works on and against it. It is far better to fight for an inch, than to let this corrupt system continue to take miles however. This odious debt will fall at our children’s feet if we do something about it. Under United Nations law an odious debt, take on by a corrupt regime that has since been removed, can not fall on the people under which that regime ruled following their removal. That is undoubtedly the case in Ireland.

One important point to remember regarding this case, is that People For Economic Justice are not suing the Taoiseach or even the Government. They are suing the Office of the Taoiseach. This allowed the case to progress even if (or more likely when) Enda Kenny is no longer serving as Taoiseach, the case can progress unabated.

Ben Gilroy Interview on EastCoast FM

EastCoast FM logo who interviewed Ben GilroyToday Ben Gilroy had a short little interview with EastCoast FM. They kick off the interview with a mention of Constitution Halts Sheriff. Following on from this mention they ask Ben why he is of the opinion that the money being paid back to the bondholders is unconstitutional.

Ben Gilroy stated that it is because the debt is classed as an odious debt, and that under United Nations law, countries are not required to pay odious debts following the fall of the regime that incurred them.

EastCoast FM interview with Ben Gilroy:

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The presenter asserts that we agreed to the payments. Ben Gilroy states that this is definitely not the case. Following the fall of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gáel made promises of “not one more cent”. This would mean that payments to the bondholders directly flies in the face of the mandate the current government received from the Irish electorate when they took power.

The interview closes with a mention of one of People For Economic Justice’s earlier talks in Tinaheely.

Source: EastCoast FM.

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.