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Cork’s ‘for DEMOCRACY!’ Group

Dear friend,

The following is a link to the statement released yesterday by Cork’s ‘for DEMOCRACY!’ group, commenting on efforts made last weekend to prevent leaflet distribution and the weekly stall operating on Patrick’s Street.

http://www.cppc.ie/we-must-defend-our-democratic-right/

This anti-austerity and pro-democracy work has been developing for some time now, calling on the people to stand in defence of our own interests.

The basis of the ‘for DEMOCRACY!’ group is non-Party political and it does not promote any social outlook or ‘ism’/dogma, it is not merely a protest group. The group calls on people to unite based on our common interest to decide the future of our own country, regardless of social class, creed, gender or any policy or Party preferences (if any).  It calls on people to organise against the imposition of policy, including the recent Local Property Tax and the coming Water and Broadcasting charges.

The purpose of the weekly stall in Cork is to keep these issues before the people and to counter the lies and dictate that we must accept our lot.

The group is working for democracy, for the empowerment of the people, and is encouraging communities to select their own candidates in the elections next year – a nomination process will begin in September.

I would like to encourage you to join in with this activity, not as a ‘follower’ but as an equal and active participant – we have a civic duty to come forward and be counted.

If we empower ourselves and take responsibility for the future we will win, it is a decision for each of us to make – each can contribute in our own way, depending on our own circumstances.

If you are in Cork you are invited to join us outside Dunnes on Patrick’s Street between 1pm and 3pm this and every Saturday. If you are elsewhere we would encourage you to take the initiative or join others who already have – if you need advice or assistance please contact us.

Your sincerely,

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla (Mobile 086- 3805005, @GraTire on Twitter) Cork’s ‘for DEMOCRACY!’ group c/o Ionad an Phobail                          (visitors welcome) 99, Sráid na Dúghlaise Corcaigh

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Quote of the week

As recent history has repeatedly shown, the right to vote, by itself, is no guarantee of liberty. Therefore, if you wish to avoid dictatorship by referendum, break up modern society’s merely functional collectives into self-governing, voluntarily cooperating groups, capable of functioning outside the bureaucratic systems of Big Business and Big Government. Aldous Huxley

Message from Is Feidir Linn

Croke Park Dublin

Croke Park Dublin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Sent in to us to day

Is Feidir Linn has not been active in its own right over the last few months, but we have been participating extensively in preparing an upcoming Claiming our Future ‘National Event’ on democratic reform.

The Event – titled ‘Reinventing our Democracy’ will take place on the 26th May in Croke Park, Dublin,  and we think that many people on the Is Feidir Linn mailing list will be interested in taking part.

Democratic reform has always been central to the Is Feidir Linn agenda, and we have brought this concern to the wider coalition within Claiming our Future. Funding cuts to community groups have diminished democracy by limiting their capacity to articulate the interests of those living in poverty and inequality. The limited agenda proposed for the Constitutional Convention exposes the lack of energy in our democracy.

We need a ‘high energy’ democracy if we are to emerge from crisis and flourish as a society. We need a democracy that can raise the temperature of politics, develop alternative social and economic models, and embrace both representative and participative forms of democracy.

You can read more about the event here, and book here.

Visit Is Feidir Linn at: http://www.isfeidirlinn.org/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

We want our democracy back

The ordinary citizens of Ireland have had enough we want our
democracy back. Like so many cities around the world the citizens of Ireland have at last begun to take action .Taking the example from Occupy wall street we are now at the beginning of hopefully something big .The peoples of the world will no longer just allow themselves to be traded like goods.

The Irish democratic system

This article was sent into me  this morning

by Donal Buckley.

My theory is that we have the means , the Irish democratic system,  has been hijacked by the current power elites. These elites have become corrupted ( absolute power over decades etc). We have been educated away from doffing the cap etc.‘Problem I identify is that there are so many groups and individuals who desperately want to act but cannot see viable options.Therefore they opt to go it alone. But to where? How?

The mechanism for democracy is there we must claim it by using it .This democratic machine has been lying idle for decades.No one has ever tried to restore it. There is little or no local democracy .County councillors are over- paid and afraid of county officials who control by how much and when.These E 68,000 per annum bods will not represent your views to the council unless it is harmless, non confrontational.The elected TDs ditto, just Party cannon fodder, moved like chess pieces by the Party hierarchy. Dumb, blind and deaf to the needs of the electorate who put them there to represent the people.

The answer is local agitation, correspondence and civil demonstrations, confront these idiots and coerce them into democratic representation. Check up on any claims they make of representation, activity etc.‘Same at national level, a recent example is Denis Naughton and local interest groups and Roscommon Hospital demonstrations.The Dail whip system and the Ceann Comhairle are obstacles to representation by TDs and democracy  within the Dail.Are TDs elected to serve the electorate or to serve the Party?There are examples of this interest group representation working. To-day Phil Hogan has climbed down in the face of IFA representations on septic tank charges.Legal profession, Medical profession, teachers and academics, vets and accountants etc are all adept at using the lobby system which is democracy at work.Of course the public service and trade unions are experts … having direct access to decision makers.

It goes on,and on .

FG forces rebel TD to quit Dail health chair

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/fg-forces-rebel-td-to-quit-dail-heal
th-chair-2822440.html
Donal Buckley
Freelance Journalist/ Writer

Where is the Democracy in Dail Eireann?

The hounding of FG TD Denis Naughton by his own party has little to do with
democracy.
Denis Naughton TD was elected by the people of Roscommon to represent them
in Dail Eireann.
The political party of Fine Gael interpret Mr Naughton’s election as an
election to the Fine Gael party.
FG expect loyalty to the political party to take precedence over loyalty to
the electorate who voted for Mr Naughton.

This distortion of democratic representation is reinforced by sanctions and
loss of income for the offending Deputy.
In effect he is fined Euro 9,500 per annum.
between the antiquated Ceann Comhairle rules and procedures and the party
whip system there is little room for TDs to represent their electorate.
How democratic is that and where does the citizens right to representation
exist in this distorted framework of party above democracy?

Budget 2010: This is not Democracy

Today I am in Dublin handing out leaflets and I will later be at the Dail Gates demonstrating against the proposed budget that will help enslave our people for the next Generation I strongly deny the right of the Government or any government to impose such a devastating financial burden on its own  people they are attacking the very foundation of family life and the ability of parents to care for their families

We the people have a right to determine our own future and I strongly believe that this attempt by the very people that got us into this mess has no legal authority and I personally withdraw any allegiance to this government as I believe they are operating outside the Irish constitution .We need a general election and not special deals for a select few while the rest of the Nation is forced to take huge debts from Private Banking Institutions.

This is not Democracy

Machholz

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