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A Stronger Ireland
Equality, Opportunity, Sustainability

I am delighted to announce the coming together of the National Citizens Movement (NCM) and Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI). All the members of the NCM look forward with great excitement and enthusiasm to the coming months working together with all the members of our new Movement now known as Direct Democracy Ireland (a National Citizens Movement). We are bigger stronger and better prepared than ever before, to face into what could arguably the most important general elections of our country’s history. I and many other members of the NCM have worked closely with many political activists from DDI over the last number of years. We have worked together in the courts supporting families facing eviction. We have marched together against Water Charges Property taxes and all severe austerity measures that this Government has imposed on the Irish people. We have stood together side by side at local protests supporting residents trying to prevent water meters being installed against their wishes. We have worked very hard, together getting the truth out to the Irish people, on social media of what is really going on in this country. We cover the stories the private media and RTE won’t cover, like the dangers of the TTIPP agreement, the danger to our health of uoridating our water, exposing the unfairness within the judicial system to name but a few. So it was no surprise to me that what started out as friendship and a shared common purpose (to oppose austerity and injustice in all its forms) has now turned into a strong political partnership that can become a major political force in Irish politics. Never before in my 52 years have I felt such a powerful anger amongst ordinary people against not only this Government but successive Governments, an anger against politicians who have failed to represent the will of the people and a political system that is broken, a justice system that treats bankers and developers like gods and people facing eviction and the homeless like criminals.

A health system that treats the sick and old no better than a third world country, leaving people on waiting lists to die and patients on trolleys suer, an education system that is slipping way down the world rankings over the continuous lack of investment. Never before have I seen that anger within people organise itself, bring whole communities onto the streets, bring many more new Independent politicians and new parties into existence of which we are one. No one can argue that this is the greatest political awakening ever in Irish history, there are more people protesting on the streets and politically active than ever before. History will be made at the next election. We at Direct Democracy Ireland want to be part of that history and that can easily be achieved if you the people put your trust in yourselves not politicians. What we are oering is to give you the power the Irish people and the political system you deserve after years of treachery, a system of Direct Democracy that gives the people the power for the rst time to hold Governments to account, Which will ensure never ever again will we be forced to take on an odious debt, that was the “Bank Bail Out” a debt that was never ours in the rst place. By Returning the provisions of Direct Democracy to our constitution the Irish people could have the power to veto Government legislation you don’t like or agree with. But the good news doesn’t stop there.

The hunger for Direct Democracy is growing throughout the country. With two new campaigns established “Reinstate 48” and the 1Year Initiative, both calling for people’s initiated referendums and all working closely together with more sitting TD’s signing up by the day. Like The National Citizen Movement, Direct Democracy Ireland has also signed up the Right2Change movement which oers the Irish people a real and credible alternative anti-austerity Government that will put our people rst with a costed budget plan to rid Irish society of Irish Water and Property tax and to x many of the things that are really hurting Irish people in Health Housing and working in a job that pay below a livable wage. The hunger amongst the people of Ireland for political change is at starvation levels and my advice to you the Irish people is feed that hunger and vote for a Direct Democracy candidate and take back your democracy and continue your votes along the line of Right2Change and 1Year Initiative candidates to give yourself a new Government that will put people FIrst.

Alan Lawes Direct Democracy Ireland (a National Citizens Movement), Meath

Introduction:

Our current system of Governance is Representative Democracy, whereby citizens elect individuals who should make decisions on our behalf on the back of election promises, promises that never seem to materialise. This system has failed the people of Ireland. We in DDI will introduce a political system of Governance in order to return power where it rightfully belongs, with we the People, so all citizens of our nation have an equal say in how the future of our country is forged. The Irish People have a historic choice before them. Together, on polling day, we can vote to change the direction of our Nation, for a stronger Democracy for a New Ireland. We are a dynamic country with the prospect of a great future. It is also a country with many challenges. Working together, standing shoulder to shoulder our collective abilities will far outweigh our problems.

Having elected Government’s on promises of changes to Irish Politics, we, the Irish People should never elect their like again. Politicians have always asked you to trust in them, to trust their promises, which as you know have always been broken, we ask that this time you to trust in yourselves as we trust in you to do the right thing given the opportunity under Direct Democracy. In this General Election DDI will be oering a change to the current system, to a more fair and accountable way of govern, something alien to this country since 1937 when the provisions of Direct Democracy were removed from the Irish Constitution. Direct Democracy Ireland are not about Left or Right politics it’s about People, and Balance, DDI aims and objectives are to return the power, to where it belongs, with you the People. A common complaint about representative democracy is that it creates a distant class of law-makers, elite who will often collude with other elites and vested interests, or become so detached from the lives of the general public, that they will make decisions that the public do not support. By contrast, in a Direct Democracy system, such corruption of decision-making is impossible if every citizen is an equally powerful participant in the process.

We in DDI along with the Sovereign People of Ireland are seeking the Constitutional Power to veto new legislation, initiate new laws and amendments to our Nations Constitution using People-initiated Referendums, in contrast to the current system of Government only initiated Referendums.

Direct Democracy Ireland (a National Citizens Movement) also known as DDI, was set up to be a new and positive political inuence in today’s modern Ireland. DDI will not simply regurgitate the same tired and unproductive antics oered by traditional politicians and will oer new solutions to solve old problems. One of the main failings of our society is how it deals with challenges from health to crime to social inequality a system that has a tendency towards treating the symptoms while ignoring the cause, this leads to ever increasing associated costs and problems that are never fully resolved.

DDI wish to change all this. We will strive to nd the best and brightest ideas from home and abroad in order to achieve the best outcomes for the Irish people and to actually solve the problems of society instead of sweeping them under a carpet of government money. Unfortunately and historically the established political parties in this country are embedded, and dependent upon perpetuating the existing broken system to guarantee their own survival. Furthermore we have continued to put our faith in those within the political elites and dynasties to solve the problems they themselves created in the rst place. As Einstein once said: “You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created” This statement rings true in today’s Ireland and only a complete overhaul of the current political structure will enable us to change the direction from where we have came and in which we are heading, working together we can build a stronger Democracy. To simplify, our current system, it’s like driving a Bus with a Broken wheel, but we don’t x the wheel we just keep changing the driver. Ireland today is run by a political, social and economic way of thinking that has not changed in decades, and it has repeatedly failed us. Its failures are caused by a system that is awed. Corruption, nepotism, and social collusion are endemic. The system is run by, and benets the political elite riddled with family dynasties going back generations. Under the control of the party whip system we the voters are only oered candidates from this controlling group. It is not in their interest to run the country in a fair and just manner, hence current national and local policy reects only the interests of those in control. This must change. Through our own eorts and many others on social media our society is becoming acutely aware of an untouchable elite in this country whose sphere of inuence spreads across government, senior civil service, the legal profession, banking, and corporate interests, including media.

The message that the people receive is a carefully constructed one designed to limit the scope of debate within the parameters benecial to the interests of the ruling group. Alternative solutions that threaten the power of the elite and might actually work in the interests of the population as a whole are generally not allowed to even discuss in the main stream media. The likes of our own Ben Gilroy and Anthony Connor have successfully supported people in the courts for years now, but this gets little or no mention. In DDI we will give an airing to all possible solutions from all sections of society without fear or favour, each investigated on its merits, not on hearsay, nor government spin. If we want Ireland to become the best country for our children and grandchildren to live in we must stop repeating mistakes. DDI will not be restricted by political traditions or universally held political beliefs, or by general consensuses, based on deliberately restricted information. If there are new solutions to old problems within our country then DDI intends to unlock those ideas. We can no longer rely on a political class with vested interests to make choices for us and expect them not to act in their own self interest. A nation where the government controls the people is a failed nation. In a just and free nation the people control their government. This is the main driving principles of DDI. Government controlled by the people for the benet of the people through a system of inclusiveness maintained by direct democracy. By returning to the provisions of Direct Democracy the people are the government and so it falls upon the people to guard our country justly for Equality, Opportunity and Sustainability for all.

Anthony Connor, Direct Democracy Ireland (a National Citizens Movement), Louth

Health:

Direct Democracy Ireland would like to create a new model for health in Ireland, a model where priority is placed on nding and curing the real causes of illness and disease. Replacing the current model where the vast majority of emphasis and cost is directed towards simply treating symptoms. Our current health system measures its success by how many patients it treats in a dened period. The more it treats the more successful the health service. We believe the opposite is true. A properly functioning health service will see numbers of patients fall year on year as fewer people become ill or diseased. This can be achieved by eliminating the causes from all sources be they environmental, medical, food and drink, or lifestyle, and by taking responsibility for ones own health. To adhere to the principle of personal sovereignty and freedom of choice DDI must pursue a fully inclusive health strategy that does not restrict or bar health treatment choices and embraces conventional western medicine, natural medicine and alternative healing methods, as well as the right not to participate in prescribed medicine. We wish to put equality back into what has become a two tier health service with the slow and steady privatisation and parallel running down of our public service. We see vested interests at play in the corporatisation of our health and believe it is not in the people’s best interests to be beholden to a health ‘industry’.

We need radical changes to make health run on the basis of wellness rather than sickness. State funded Universal health Service for all adopting a best international practice model E.G. the Canadian system. Lift recruitment embargo on front line sta: healthcare’s, technical sta, domestic and cleaning sta, catering sta, secretarial sta and support sta (not managers). Recruit nurses and doctors immediately to return to 2008 level of stang. Move all private beds to private hospitals as the public nances lose out when there is a cross over. Open all closed wards. Open all closed theatres. Our collective thinking at Direct Democracy Ireland a National Citizen’s Movement Increase carers allowance and support recognising the huge role carers provide to sick and dependant relatives. Increase access to emergency mental health support to reduce suicide risk in all ages and especially younger people. Increase accessibility for diagnostic services to primary care eg GP access to CT and MRI. Develop a strategy where payment follows results, and results are based in health not illness. Develop patient discussed healthcare with patients choosing development and change, guided by healthcare professionals. Suspend HIQA pending review of its decisions and actions to date. Suspend national children’s hospital city site in favour of green eld site as favoured by patients and relatives. Require immediate workforce plan draft from HSE regarding stang for the future to link in with forward planning education. Reverse all FEMPI (Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) cuts to primary care. The rationale is that healthcare absence costs more than its presence through time o work, time not productive, time not earning, diagnostic machine “down time”, risk to ability to nance family, home, mortgage, extra people on sickness benet or dole, extra people needing state housing, QUITE apart from the human misery it causes.

These changes fund themselves but from a dierent budgetary stream as it were… Demand a “zero tolerance” policy from every emergency department regarding patients on trolleys. Recruit and sta to, 2008 levels of ambulances. Develop and implement a three year plan to end waiting lists. Review consultant contracts to ensure move toward consultant and senior doctorlead care Develop 24/7 approach to treatment and care facilities. Demand all hospitals implement discharge planning starting day of admission. Increase nursing home placements back to 2008 levels and beyond. Direct Democracy Ireland A National Citizens Movement Election Manifesto 2016 6 Introduction: Our current system of Governance is Representative Democracy, whereby citizens elect individuals who should make decisions on our behalf on the back of election promises, promises that never seem to materialise. This system has failed the people of Ireland. We in DDI will introduce a political system of Governance in order to return power where it rightfully belongs, with we the People, so all citizens of our nation have an equal say in how the future of our country is forged. The Irish People have a historic choice before them. Together, on polling day, we can vote to change the direction of our Nation, for a stronger Democracy for a New Ireland. We are a dynamic country with the prospect of a great future. It is also a country with many challenges. Working together, standing shoulder to shoulder our collective abilities will far outweigh our problems.

Having elected Government’s on promises of changes to Irish Politics, we, the Irish People should never elect their like again. Politicians have always asked you to trust in them, to trust their promises, which as you know have always been broken, we ask that this time you to trust in yourselves as we trust in you to do the right thing given the opportunity under Direct Democracy. In this General Election DDI will be oering a change to the current system, to a more fair and accountable way of govern, something alien to this country since 1937 when the provisions of Direct Democracy were removed from the Irish Constitution. Direct Democracy Ireland are not about Left or Right politics it’s about People, and Balance, DDI aims and objectives are to return the power, to where it belongs, with you the People. A common complaint about representative democracy is that it creates a distant class of law-makers, elite who will often collude with other elites and vested interests, or become so detached from the lives of the general public, that they will make decisions that the public do not support. By contrast, in a Direct Democracy system, such corruption of decision-making is impossible if every citizen is an equally powerful participant in the process.

We in DDI along with the Sovereign People of Ireland are seeking the Constitutional Power to veto new legislation, initiate new laws and amendments to our Nations Constitution using People-initiated Referendums, in contrast to the current system of Government only initiated Referendums. Direct Democracy Ireland (a National Citizens Movement) also known as DDI, was set up to be a new and positive political inuence in today’s modern Ireland. DDI will not simply regurgitate the same tired and unproductive antics oered by traditional politicians and will oer new solutions to solve old problems. One of the main failings of our society is how it deals with challenges from health to crime to social inequality a system that has a tendency towards treating the symptoms while ignoring the cause, this leads to ever increasing associated costs and problems that are never fully resolved. Ireland is on the brink of a major Mental Health crisis, The total numbers of people who die by suicide is higher than the combined numbers of people who die by Murder or who die in road trac accidents, the Government are far to reliant on Voluntary organisations and ignore the seriousness of the issue, without these invaluable originations’ like SOSAD, Pieta house, The Samaritans, Aware, Teen line, Child-line, Living link, Console, Reach out, Spun-Out, and many more Direct Democracy Ireland believes that mental health issues should be treated like all illnesses and treatment should be made ready available. And all Voluntary organisations in this area should be eligible for state funding.

Direct Democracy Ireland supports The National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) and their call for an end to cuts, savage cuts that have undoubtedly caused lives. There are currently 1,121 people employed in the ambulance service in Northern Ireland covering six counties compared to 1,550 in the Republic covering 26 counties how can this be right on any level. Direct Democracy Ireland will insist on the number of people employed in the ambulance service to be doubled over the next term of Government. Source; SIPTU health division organiser. The simple fact is that in the health service there are not enough frontline sta, ambulances or enough fully operational stations, putting the lives of people at risk daily, in the early days of austerity the Government said there would be no impact on frontline service, but this is clearly not true. The facts will prove that Stang issues are being compromised by austerity.

(TO BE CONTINUED)

SOURCE Direct Democracy Ireland A National Citizens Movement Election Manifesto 2016

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