Archive for the ‘Irish Political Reform’ Category

We the Citizens

08 Jul 11

We the Citizens concluded its assembly in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday June 26th after two months of regional meetings in Athlone, Kilkenny, Cork, Galway, Tallaght, Blancherstown and Letterkenny.  RTÉ’s Prime Time did an audience special on We the Citizens last Monday. You can catch the episode here.   The first session on Saturday […]

It’s time for us citizens to put democracy back into politics

08 Jul 11

Sunday Times, July 3 2011. ‘But sure, isn’t the Dail elected by the people, an assembly of Irish citizens? What are you going about trying to set up a parallel political system for? A citizens’ assembly doesn’t make any sense at all, Elaine, and I’m still waiting on my pint.” The thing about my dad’s […]

Citizens’ Assembly – Royal Hospital Kilmainham

18 Jun 11

The weekend of June 24-26th, 150 randomly selected people (by MRBI) from across Ireland will meet in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham as part of Ireland’s first National Citizens Assembly. It has been a long road for all the team at We the Citizens since the launch two months ago — We The Citizens – youtube In […]

It takes a brave soul to reform the system

03 May 11

Elaine Byrne: What incentive is there for a government to introduce changes that may allow for the possibility of exposing itself to unprecedented scrutiny? The Sunday Times Published: 24 April 2011 Since his election as taoiseach almost 50 days ago, Enda Kenny has officially received two devastating critiques on the administration of power in contemporary Ireland. His […]

Politicking under the influence

28 Mar 11

Elaine Byrne, Sunday Business Post 27 March 2011 This is not rocket science. At the heart of Michael Lowry and Denis O’Brien’s objections to The Moriarty report is the assertion that the High Court judge, with over four decades of legal experience, ‘‘outrageously abused the tribunal’s ability to form opinions which are not substantiated by […]

Keeping an eye on promises of reform

11 Feb 11

A new website will assess each party’s campaign pledges in key areas and monitor implementation, writes ELAINE BYRNE in the Irish Times 11 February 2010 Reformcard.ie politicalreform.ie IN 1987, not long after the Dáil met following the general election that year, there was a Private Members’ debate on political reform. Paddy Cooney, a Fine Gael […]

New voices – potential young contributors to Irish media

01 Feb 11

Where are all the *young* voices in the Irish media? Are you a regional reporter, activist/advocate, policy expert etc and have something to contribute to public debate? This is a tool to showcase alternative voices to radio and television producers. . In the comment section below, please provide these details:

Henry Grattan’s last words to the Irish House of Commons 1800

21 Jan 11

“The constitution may for a time seem lost. The character of the country cannot be lost. The ministers of the Crown will find that it is not so easy to put down for ever an ancient and respectable nation by abilities, however great, and by power and corruption, however irresistible. Liberty may repair her golden […]

Politicians must learn to recognise what women want

02 Jan 11

Young Irishwomen will decide the outcome of one of the most important general elections in the history of the Irish state. As the most politically powerful demographic in Ireland, the prospects for Irish economic independence will depend on the choice that this constituency of key swing voters will make. Sunday Business Post January 2 2011

Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith Oration Glasnevin Cemetery August 15th

15 Aug 10

Annual General Michael Collins and President Arthur Griffith Ceremony Glasnevin Cemetery August 15 2010 I want to tell you a story today about two men born in the age of Parnell. Ireland after Parnell, in the dying years of the 1800s, was a grey place of paralysis. Politically stuck and fighting with itself. The opportunity […]