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Diary Blog - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD

Posted on 2013/09/23 by sarah at 08:42

Diary 9th – 14th September

Monday:

All Day: Parliamentary Labour Party Away Day

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Limerick City, Donegal South-West, Donegal South-West, Cork South-West
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Yes Vote Will Build Towards An Equal Republic - Richard Humphreys SC

Posted on 2013/09/19 by pcole at 13:17

One House

A Yes vote is a vote for a more equal republic. A country where we have one democratic house, elected by all the people on an equal vote.

By contrast, a vote against is a vote for a failed status quo – an irrelevant, unnecessary, elitist and expensive second chamber that has no meaningful role.

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Roscommon-South Leitrim, Roscommon-South Leitrim, Donegal North East, Dublin South, Longford Westmeath
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Abolition will exacerbate many of our Parliamentary shortcomings - Joe Byrne : Future Matters

Posted on 2013/09/19 by pcole at 09:28

We believe that Seanad abolition is a populist stunt that distracts from other pressing political issues. Rather than fixing any of the flaws that exist within our system of parliamentary democracy, this drastic change will in fact exacerbate many of its shortcomings, such as the lack of accountability and diversity of representation that currently exist.

For this reason, we believe that Seanad Éireann should be radically reformed instead.

What would this look like?

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Donegal North East, Donegal North-East, Donegal North-East, Donegal North-East, referendum
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Abolition - A Political Vanity Project - Finian McGrath TD

Posted on 2013/09/18 by pcole at 13:04

The referendum on the Seanad is a political vanity project. It was an idea conceived without consultation to grab some publicity. Reforming our political system is an important and valuable exercise. It is not something that should be haphazard, we must be sure that we can change things for the better.

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Longford Westmeath, Donegal North-East, Donegal North East, referendum, Donegal North-East
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Building Upper Houses in the Sky by Martina Devlin

Posted on 2013/09/18 by pcole at 10:04

Martina Devlin

“Irishmen and Irishwomen,” begins the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. It addresses all citizens as equals – it doesn’t subdivide into important citizens and less worthy ones.

But that’s exactly what the Seanad does. The second chamber is a parody of democracy because it flouts the principle of one citizen one vote.

Seanad elections prioritise certain groups in society above others in a manner that’s essentially alien to democracy. The chosen few get more votes.

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Kerry South, Donegal North East, referendum, Dublin South, Limerick City, Longford Westmeath
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Contributing to More than a Balance Sheet by Colm Bergin

Posted on 2013/06/20 by sarah at 08:45

Ireland has suffered a lot in recent years. With the retraction of its economy, public morale has fallen and its standing in the world has been tarnished. However Ireland still has much to give. It has something that cannot be measured in terms of money or bonds; its real standing in the world should be derived from its experience as a nation, and more specifically its public servants have in the area of peace building.

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Campaign launched to fund Online Tool allowing Citizens easier access to Government Information

Posted on 2013/06/11 by sarah at 08:33

Dailwatch.ie are delighted to announce that we have launched a crowd funding campaign with Indiegogo and Ashoka Ireland to fund a new online tool which will allow citizens to more easily monitor TD behavior.

This tool will clarify and distill government information, making Irish politics more accountable and transparent.

Invest in a new political culture in Ireland now by contributing what you can and helping us spread the word about the campaign.

Thank you!

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Twitterchat 13th of April 12-1pm

Posted on 2013/04/04 by sarah at 08:05

SAVE THE DATE! Join @Dailwatch for a Twitterchat on the 13th of Apr 12-1pm for a Twitterchat on the Constitutional Convention on:

Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

Attention all citizens, TDs, Senators, online activists, journalists, communicators, bloggers and all those interested in the political system in Ireland today!

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Ireland and the Opportunities of Development Aid by Paul Hayes

Posted on 2013/03/21 by sarah at 18:05

Ireland has a proud and notable tradition of providing generously for development assistance in its annual budgets – a tradition solidified during the Fianna Fáil era with the commitment to increase aid to 0.7% of our GNI. Fianna Fáil made many destructive policy choices during their tenure in power; their large investments in least developed countries and the development of Ireland’s White Paper on Irish Aid however were not among them.

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Twitterchat Summary

Posted on 2013/02/19 by sarah at 13:46

Dailwatch.ie hosted a Twitterchat around Political Representation in Ireland on the 6th of February. Here is the blog post by online editor Dónal Browne detailing how the conversation went - http://dailwatch.wordpress.com

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