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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 30, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Politics podcast: June 30th

    Harry McGee

    In this week’s Politics podcast Harry McGee talks to Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, newly appointed Senator and chairman of We the Citizens.

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    • Reduce the number of TD’s more, and adjust the Constitution with any constitutional requirements with the up comming referendum.
      People expect at least 50 TDs to go and that is what will make a bold statement

    • John O'Driscoll says:

      Do people really want to concentrate power in fewer and fewer hands right now? Seems to me we’re already far enough down the Road to serfdom. That primrose path that’s paved with good intentions.

    • Jonathan Victory says:

      I really hope We The Citizens will start campaigning for a Direct Democracy system in Ireland. It works wonders in Switzerland. It’s where if a certain proportion of the population sign a petition on a particular issue, it will automatically trigger a national referendum. This was in our original Constitution (before being removed by Fianna Fáil) and putting it back in would be the most meaningful political reform we could enact as it would actually empower citizens to affect change between elections.

    • festy o semtex says:

      “We the citizens”? -probably looking for a grant for this organisation -a bit like the “poverty” or equality industries

    • John O'Driscoll says:

      How is it that the likes of Standard & Poors can make national governments quail in fear of their verdict on so-called ‘sovereign’ countries at any time they feel like it, when those countries’ Peoples cannot?

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