Ireland needs to reform how it elects its public representatives. I believe people should be elected first, then those who have been elected can then run for cabinet. for example, if John Doe gets elected to represent his constituency and he chooses to run for the ministry of finance then he must go to the people again to be voted in, of course he will be challenged by others but at least he is then accountable directly to the people.
It should be the same for all position from Taoiseach (Prime Minister) to the minster for transport and so on. This could in fact create a cross party cabinet. Where a vote of confidence wont be so easy to get by because everyone belongs to the same party. It will in fact create competitiveness between ministers to run their departments efficiently and responsibly in the interest of the people.
I also believe that those voters who put someone into their positions should have the power to take them out of power. If a minister under-performs the voters can collect the signatures of all those who voted for him, If two-thirds of them sign it then he must leave the department and a by-election must be called. This may sound unstable but in fact it offers the people a real chance to be responsibly involved in politics.
It may seem radical but it isn’t, it is in fact real change. This is power to the people.
We are now a country of scare mongrels where the truth doesn’t get the answer we want. The current government, more than once has tried to scare people into submission. It may have worked for Lisbon BUT NO MORE! We will not be scared into voting YES or NO. we will vote whatever we see fit for Ireland based on the facts provided.
I personally find it very undemocratic when my own government try to scare me into voting YES or face a tougher budget. This is a treaty for Europe.
It is not for the Irish people. And I don’t believe the government should be telling citizens that a yes vote will bring jobs and sustainability when clearly they haven’t been able to stick to their election promises so this will be no different.
I see the policy’s and plans that fine Gael and labour as a government have brought in, then I ask myself? What does the labour party represent nowadays ? Surely not water charges, taxes on homes and an overall austerity plan? Have they lost their core voters just like the green party In the last election???
I would like to see how many labour voters would vote for labour if a sudden general election was called. I would think they would be wiped out with many of their votes going to SF, Not because they have what it takes but because they are left in the political sphere along with many independent candidates From United Left Alliance. The next government could have as many independents as party politicians.
Eamon Gilmore will be remembered as Brian Cowen will, for destroying the party and it’s
Forthcoming Irish Referendum could be ‘do we (Irish citizens) want to stay part of the European Process ?
If we vote no! will we be asked again ?
If we vote yes! will we be asked again ? I surely doubt it. I remember the referendum on the Lisbon treaty and how Irish people said NO! but yet the government asked the question again to achieve the answer they were seeking. They! the government ignored the democratic process and the vote of the people of Ireland to satisfy Europe.
It is extraordinary how such a small population (0.5% of the whole of Europe) can have such an effect on Europe if only when it comes to referendums.
In my opinion we should be asked ‘Do we accept the fiscal treaty and all that comes with it ? obviously not in those words but it should not be bigger or smaller than that.
I feel and see as this financial crisis continues, that which we say we fight for ‘democracy’ is been ripped apart in the name of bond holders. I a citizen of the world and a supporter and believer in equality and justice does not approve of the actions taken by governments around the world and urge those in positions of power and influence to stand for that which is morally correct and not for banks or the minority that are destroying society.