This is the Constitution of Direct Democracy Ireland the political movement, that contains our Mission Statement, Core Values, Aims and Objectives, Please read it in full, to gain a better understanding of the rules and procedures and regarding the roles of its members.
1. Mission Statement:
We at Direct Democracy Ireland believe that Direct Democracy provisions are a living Political and Social process of Governance of a Nation belonging to and giving the Sovereign Irish People the inalienable right of unfettered Political Accountability and Transparency with citizen deliberated decisions from their Elected Representatives / Politicians / Public Officials at Local, National and International Levels
2. Direct Democracy Ireland’s core values:
Equality | Justice | Transparency | Initiative | Vision | Inclusiveness | Honesty | Accountability | Clear Communications | Fairness | Direct Democracy | Service.
Direct Democracy Ireland is a political movement whose aim is to restore the provisions of direct democracy to the people of Ireland, and by doing so:
- To provide the people of Ireland an alternative to the current model of governance which will ensure that election promises are kept and that the interests of the people of Ireland are the deciding factor in all decisions of the government.
- To have the provisions of Direct Democracy as contained Articles 47 & 48 of the 1922 Irish constitution duly amended to modern standards and re-instated by Referenda by the Sovereign Irish People of Ireland to our current national constitution, (Bunreacht na hÉireann).
- To revoke the present statuary powers of the Ireland’s Finance Minister, the Department of Finance and that of the Irish Central Bank.
- To create the situation whereby the Sovereign People of Ireland chose their own representatives via a consultative process in local communities, and are truly represented by their government.
- To create the situation whereby a Government of Ireland is truly accountable for their actions.
- To create the situation whereby the current arrangement of political parties in opposition to each other and employing the party whip system to enforce the party line becomes obsolete.
- To encourage the people of Ireland to organise a nationwide conversation on the issues facing Ireland and to work together to create proposals and initiatives to solve the many problems facing our and nation all “Persons” ordinarily and legally resident in Ireland.
- To create the situation whereby proposals approved by Our Sovereign Irish People are implemented as a matter of course.
4. Our Aims & Objectives:
- Direct Democracy Ireland has been set-up by its members solely for the purpose of furthering its aims and objectives, outlined below (6) and also detailed in our Mission Statement (2). No member may use the facilities of Direct Democracy Ireland to advocate any other cause stated intent/aims and objectives of Direct Democracy Ireland.
- To return the principle and practice of Citizen Initiated Referenda to Ireland, via National Referendum and to enshrine this inalienable right in the current national Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann), through restoring and amending to modern standards Articles 47 & 48 from the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State. This is to create the situation whereby proposals approved by the people are implemented as a matter of course.
- To create the situation whereby our Local and National Government of Ireland is truly accountable for their actions by introducing political recall where elected politicians up to and including the Taoiseach can be recalled by the people at any stage should they wish. This is to provide the People of Ireland an alternative to the current model of governance which will ensure that election promises are kept and that the interests of the people of Ireland are the deciding factor in all decisions of the government.
- To review and renew the Process of Referendum whereby only by massive public support can our Irish Constitution be amended by initiation from outside agencies such as the EU.
- To create the situation whereby the current arrangement of Irish political parties in opposition to each other and employing the party whip system to enforce the party line is irrelevant by abolishing the undemocratic party whip system through referendum, and by giving the peoples representatives the freedom to truly represent the people.
- To encourage the people of Ireland to organise a nationwide conversation on the issues facing Ireland and to work together to create proposals to solve the many problems facing Ireland and the Irish People. Direct Democracy Ireland shall support and promote the development and enhancement of Direct and participatory democracy, in particular the movement shall support and promote the development of a national network of democracy initiatives for the propose of mutual learning and exchange. Special emphasis shall be placed on the development of the democratic procedures at all of decision making especially those of which transcend the national level, through intensive informational and educational work.
- To create the situation whereby the people of Ireland choose their own representatives via a consultative process in local communities, and are truly represented by their government.
- Direct Democracy Ireland will seek to cooperate with other associations pursuing allied areas of interest of articulate expansion.
- Research, documentation and comparison of democratic procedural law and its praxis.
5. Membership of Direct Democracy Ireland:
- All the power within Direct Democracy Ireland lies solely with the members; The National Executive will always take direction from the General Assembly. Each registered and paid up member of Direct Democracy Ireland will have the power to instigate the process of Recall on The National Executive, any duly Elected Councillor / TD / Senator or any individual Member, or Group.
- Membership of Direct Democracy Ireland is open to all “Persons” ordinarily and legally resident in Ireland who accept this Constitution, Rules and Standing Orders of Direct Democracy Ireland.
6. The Organs of Direct Democracy Ireland:
- The Membership of Direct Democracy Ireland.
- Annual General Meeting’s and Extraordinary General Meetings.
- The Annual General Meeting, will take place at the discretion of the National Executive, but will be held yearly.
- A period of no more than 18 months will be allowed to elapse between AGMs.
- Invitations to a General Assembly, Meeting/Conference are made in writing or e-mail, signed by two members of the National Executive and issued at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.
- In well-founded exceptional circumstances, an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called – in such cases the period of advance notice may be reduced to five (5) days not including public holidays.
- The invitation shall be held to have been correctly issued if it has been sent in due time to the last postal, fax or email given the Association by the member.
- The General Meeting is quorate so long as all members have been invited in due time according to the prescribed provisions.
- The calling of Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings [is empowered to] decide[s] on all affairs of the party, and in particular:
- The selection of The National Executive and Honourable Roles.
- The choice of an auditor.
- The annual reports and accounts.
- The discharge of The National Executive and the auditor.
- The budget and in such an event,
- The winding up of the movement Direct Democracy Ireland.
- All Decisions are made by a simple majority vote.
- The minutes shall be signed at the minimum by the Assembly Chairperson and the minute taker.
7. Constitution, Rules and Standing Orders:
Our Political Movement is duly governed at all times by our Constitution, Rules and Standing Orders and can only be amended by the Members at Annual General Meetings or Extraordinary General Meetings by majority vote (Article. 6.8.7)